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Old 01-05-2009, 03:11 PM
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hello. i FINALLY got to get out on new year's day and use my fly rod. went out with a popper and tried some bass/panfish fishing.

my casting is WAY off. i could tell i was in a good rythym at some points, but most of the time i was not getting the line to lay out flat on the final cast OR i was popping the water in front of and behind me. i also noticed that when i did have a decent cast and the fly line was sitting out straight, my popper was not flying out as far as the leader/tippet went. there was always some slack in the line. i was holding my little plano tackle/fly box under my arm as i was casting, so i would keep my arm down.

all that being said, i did get 2 bites... 1st one got off because there was too much slack in line for me to draw up and i missed the hook set, and the 2nd went perfect the pan-szed bluegill gave the 6-weight a real tug.

can't wait to get out again. BUT i'm gonna have to watch some more vids on casting and see what i can do to improve.
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Geez jcrim, you gave me my big smile for the day here in Oregon...looking out the window at water too high to fly fish and too many things I 'should' be doing ahead of me but now it's all good.

Thanks and good luck on your quest. I remember that puddling line thang and the popping like it was yesterday, not 51 years ago. And get this, just the other day at the lake, my fly landed behind the tip of the flyline a few times ! That's what I get for rubber-neckin', not focusing on my cast. You'll get it with pratice !

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Old 01-05-2009, 03:47 PM
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Great first time. I was skunked my first time.

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Excellent!

Here's a great 3-part casting video: YouTube - Tight Lines-Learning to Fly Cast Part 1
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Old 01-05-2009, 04:14 PM
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thanks guys. honestly, if it wasn't so dang annoying, i'm sure it was pretty funny. specially if i were watching someone popping the water both in front or and behind him... i would be laughing too...

i had my wife stand on the bank and record me with the camcorder but i didn't learn much from it.

thanks for the link FRANK... i'll check those vids out.

don't feel bad JCLAMP... this is a semi-private lake that has an easy panfish bite
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Great,,,, glad your first time out went good, and what a way to start a new year.
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Wow! Keep up the good work, sounds like you are way ahead of me when I first started fly fishing back in the early 80's. Keep studying the casting videos, you will get it figured out. If you stand with the left foot forward you can watch the backcast and get an idea on when to start the forward cast (helps until you get the feel of the line starting to load). Also once the line is on the water, drop the rod tip to reduce the amount of slack line you have out, it will help your response in setting the hook.

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Old 01-05-2009, 06:55 PM
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Sometimes them little poppers can be a pain to cast especially in the wind.
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Old 01-08-2009, 09:16 AM
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Sometimes them little poppers can be a pain to cast especially in the wind.
i was wondering it the popper could be an issue. i know other flies are lighter in weight, but they do not have the wind resistance of that bigger piece of cork.

i guess we will see what happens when i get a little better at casting and rythym.
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