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Old 03-15-2012, 07:45 PM
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Default Re: Salt Water fly cast

The Belgian Cast | MidCurrent a great short piece on the Belgian which is described at times as a sidearm backcast with an overhead fore cast.

Other than that you should learn to cast a multitude of ways as when you are out on a flats boat casting platform there are a multitude of conditions dictating one cast or another. For those of you who haven't tried this set up a rather tall step ladder in your yard then add about 8 feet of pole above the ladder and slanting to the side somewhat for awhile and then move it to the other and then place it straight up. (I use an 8 ft step ladder with another eight feet of ladder leaned against it to simulate the guide with his hands up and then add his pole.) Now to this basic set up, make sure the wind is blowing a bit, and for beginners, I'd suggest around 15 kts and preferrably at an angle away from your casting side, and then step up on your casting platform (I use a step stool)which is located about 15 ft from the stepladder.

Now imagine a clock and start trying to lay out 60 ft casts from 11:00 all the way around until you reach 12:00. Once you are successful, change the angle of your imaginary boat to the wind and repeat, and then try it at 40 ft, then 70 ft, etc. Use hula hoop targets and keep score to identify weak points and directions for your cast.
You get 10 big points for accuracy, and 5 bonus points for distances over 60 ft and 10 for distances overe 100 ft. All casts must hit the target to count
As for tucking your elbow-no points given or taken away and the same with reaching back or learning Belgian Casts--in short the proof is in the pudding!
Should you hit your guide, or his platform, etc--you lose 10 points automatically!

Be sure to practice hitting your target with a strong wind coming into your casting arm when using your back cast as your primary cast to the target, comes in handy, as does casting with your fly rod tilted above and past overhead. use yarn at first and then later add a fly where the barb is clipped away. Wear Sunglasses, a hat with a back flap (and you thought that flap was to keep the sun off) and have fun.

A couple of the lessons you'll learn is that a very low sidearm cast is great under certain wind conditions; and that even throwing your loop under, instead of over the line is great at times; and lastly , Yes, there is the fabled Triple Haul and it is useful!"
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