01-10-2012, 12:37 PM
Re: Is anyone here new to fly fishing?
As Pocono says it could be the knot-- especially if you get back a little pigtail in your mono -- a sure sign that a knot pulled out.
On the other hand if your hearing a crack the whip sound and/or your mono leader looks frayed after you lose a fly, it's probably a sign that you're not waiting long enough for the line to unroll and straighten before changing directions from back cast to forward cast (or vice versa). Don't worry we've all been there. Just remember, the more line you have in the air-- in other words the longer you are casting, the longer you have to wait for the line to straighten out before you change direction--
A couple things you could try that might help--
It's easier to see on the forward cast-- but make sure you're waiting for the line to straighten out in front of you before you start your back cast.
To help see the line on your backcast, try opening up your stance a little by turning your body to face the right (if you're a right handed caster)-- in other words your left shoulder will be closer to the forward cast, and the right shoulder closer to your backcast you see the line on your back cast and wait to see it unroll behind you before you start your forward cast-
A common mistake (especially a lot of us guys make), is to rush the forward cast in an effort to put a lot muscle and power into the forward cast to get distance-- instead try easing up on your stroke and let the rod do the work--
Smooth acceleration of your rod hand, followed by a sudden stop, pause for the line to straighten-- then smooth acceleration, sudden stop, pause etc.
If you concentrate on a smooth stroke and forget about trying to cast over the horizon, you'll probably find you'll be casting longer with less effort very soon. If you're casting on a lawn, use a 1"piece of yarn instead of a fly so you can follow it and try casting to targets you place 30-40 feet out -- gradually you'll be able to increase the distance-- just make sure you remember to leave plenty of room for your back cast too--- trees eat flies too.
Hope this helps a bit-- but keep asking questions in the fly casting sub forum-- we have some great instructors there that can help a great deal with specific suggestions.