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Old 05-02-2012, 07:19 PM
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Default young angler, having some technical problems!

Now im sure you all get this alot, but im currently 16 (17 in the near future), but beside the point, i have had sooo much trouble trying to get my casting down. i go to an instructor at my local sporting goods store, and i can EASILY cast a 4 wt wf-f line around 50-70 ft with no wind. however, after a few days, or a week. that distance becomes more like 20ft. and so i go back, and again it becomes that great feeling 50-70 ft. andddd then i lose it again. im looking if anybody can give me some really basic pointers, i feel like its just something fundamental that im missing! and just to add, my largest problem is catching my fly on my line as im casting forward. i also cannot even when i am able to long cast, shoot more than 2-3 ft of line.

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Default Re: young angler, having some technical problems!

Problem one is what is called a tailing loop( fly hooking line on the forecast). Easy to solve, just relax. Tailing loops are caused by over casting the rod. You using more energy than you need on your final forecast trying to get distance. Just relax and let the flex of the rod do the work. This can cause you to have difficulty shooting line as well. When you overflex the rod it can snap back when your forecast stops pulling on the line causing it to stop shooting. So as I said just relax and don't try to muscle the final forecast.

Your instructor should point out this fault to you when you go back having problems. Knowing the problems in your cast and what causes them allows you to solve them for yourself. There is a good book out there called " The Cast" by Ed Jaworski. It is well written and has lots of photos and diagrams on all aspects of casting. Getting a copy would serve you well in your fly fishing experience.
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Default Re: young angler, having some technical problems!

+1 for the advice that Davo has provided. As an additional resource on fly casting instruction, check out the fly casting 3 part video that Tim Landwehr from the Tight Lines Fly Shop has on YouTube. Here is part one:

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Default Re: young angler, having some technical problems!

Hi Connor,

The guys will have you sorted out on casting so I'll just post to say Welcome to the forum. I hope you'll stick around and post with us often, we are way short of young fellows here and will be glad to help as best we can via the computers.

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Default Re: young angler, having some technical problems!

x2 on the video "series" posted. I am a beginner, and was trying other videos/readings and till I saw Tim Landwehr's videos for tightlines, I was not getting very good casts. I have yet to hit the water (only had the rod a little over a week) but at least I can get the fly out there with a gentle presentation now! I do really have to try to cast farther than 30' though, but I have a cheap Martin fly fishing kit, while its decent, I don't even think its WF line, pretty sure its Level line...

Lots to learn here. I wish I had time/money for a fly fishing lesson once a week, but I have too many other hobbies and balancing them all gets tricky!
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Default Re: young angler, having some technical problems!

Check out the first couple minutes of this video, it may help you get your head around the basic casting movements and give you something to hang on to in the water. Of course, being able to double haul will also help in the wind or when you need extra length.


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