It was a very nice day today, albeit somewhat windy, so I figured I would go to one of those little ponds I found during lunch to at least see what it was like and to practice.
I see there is algae all over the place in the pond. It seems like a healthy pond but, MAN! My fly got chockful of algae a lot of times. Is there a trick to keep the fly "clean" or is this just something you need to put up with?
That was the easy thing to answer.
Now for the real stuff....
1. This is a smallish pond, so I do not have to do "real" casting.
But I tried anyways. It is about 30-40 feet wide, probably depending on the time of year. And it is about, oh, 60-70 feet long. I figured I would try to do some real casting but I STUNK. Two things kept happening:
a. The line kept hitting my rod and rolled down to my hand.
b. As I did a false cast, the line seemed to have a downward arc on the forward stroke and hit the water in a lump.
I do not really know what is happening in (a) but with (b), I think it means I am bringing my arm down too far OR snapping my wrist OR both, right?
2. I quit that and started to roll cast.
It seemed that if I had about ten feet of fly line (plus the leader and tippet), I was able to consistently make "okay" roll casts for the most part, but it I even tried to go out to fifteen feet, I couldn't get anything to work. it was like the energy stopped 5-8 feet back from the fly. So this is certainly something that has to do with acceleration and/or not coming to an abrupt enough stop and/or completing my cast AGAIN either too low or snapping my wrist.
I can say this: my wrist was getting tired, so I think I must be snapping it or I am trying too hard.
Also, how far do you tilt the rod away from you when you roll cast? I am thinking I may have had it too straight because I had times AGAIN where I would have the line sort of hit my rod and then everything fell in a lump.
3. It was somewhat windy today.
I can see where that will be more of a case when you are on a pond or, especially, a lake. What do you do in that situation? Move around the edge of the pond until you get the wind in a favorable spot? That can't be right...
4. Finally, how the heck to you fish a pond?
! I know I have asked that before but that was theoretical--today was for real. When I finally got my little streamer out there (that was the only fly I had in the car since I forgot my box), how do you retrieve it? I pulled and jerked it in and sort of dropped the fly line on my left side as I retrieved the line with my left hand.
But how do you make the next cast, especially if you are roll casting?? I have all this line outside the reel, on the ground, but it is not through the rod. Do I simply bring the fly to where I want it and then try to wiggle all that line piled next to me back into the water and try to roll cast again?
Sorry for all the basic questions. I am trying. Honestly, I am.