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Old 01-20-2012, 05:49 PM
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how does one cast weighted flies and land them quietly in the water?
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Carefully! Or else they land in the back of your head!

It depends on how heavily weighted & what you mean by quietly. If you've ever flipped jigs for bass or Redfish, you know it can be done, but a bit different with a fly rod.

Do you have a specific situation in mind?
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Default Re: casting weighted flies

I've thrown a lot of weighted flies over the years. Generally speaking there is no way to land a big fly pattern with added weight gently. I'll wait to see what situation you describe to Jim and then maybe offer something more.
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Bob Clouser, who's cast a weighted fly or two, says to use the "oval" cast

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Default Re: casting weighted flies

A heavily weighted fly won't land as gently as a #16 Adams. Still, there are some things that will help. Slow down your cast a bit and make sure you straighten out your backcast. On your backcast send the line slightly up instead of being parallel to the water. Beware of giving an "extra push" on the forward cast as you deliver the line. Keep it smooth and it will land more gently for you.
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Default Re: casting weighted flies

Execute your forward cast at a slightly downward angle; that way your unrolling fly line will land first and slow down your fly when it turns over and floats down.

(This technique is from George M. L. La Branche.)

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Try using a Belgian cast. The fly should land in the water as if dropping it in instead of "slapping" it down on top of the water.
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Default Re: casting weighted flies

im casting at a field of lily pads with small 2 foot diameter pockets of open water im using a 9 weight and a 2/0 clouser
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im casting at a field of lily pads with small 2 foot diameter pockets of open water im using a 9 weight and a 2/0 clouser
well in that case, try landing your fly on top of one of the lily pads and go from there. i often fish frog patterns for large mouth this way

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I don't know what you're fishing for but, I read somewhere that when fly fishing for bass it doesn't matter if you land the fly gently. The opinion was that you want it to splash and draw attention so the bass attacks. Again I don't know what you're fishing for but some fish are just mean, don't spook easily and are looking for a fight. SF
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