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Posted 03-12-2011 at 12:10 PM by alcorn

When I talk style I'm not talking clothing, although lets face facts as fly fisherman we're a trendy bunch. No the style I refer to is more a style of fishing on whole. If you watch the movie "A river runs through it" you'll see what I mean. You see how they are taught to cast then you see two lines be cast at perfect 10 oclock 2 oclock methods. I think its incredible how things have changed. No longer are the days of just fly fishing for trout but today you can read about and most of the times experience fishing for just about any species with the fly rod. Its incredible.

Looking back I think its important to look and see how and if our casting and fishing style has changed? has it changed for the better? Has it changed for the worse?

I am but 28 years old but I have been fly fishing for 23 years. My first rod was a bamboo rod that my grandfather had that he use to take me out to the pond to catch bluegill and crappie with. I learned to cast the old way by the 10 o'clock/2'oclock method. Everything was very straight forward then. If a conventional cast wouldn't work then you used a roll cast. It was very ridged. Almost robotic.

Then a few years ago I picked the fly rod back up. Both out of an urging for more challenge but also out of a need for satisfaction that I could not get from conventional equipment. Yes, I've still got a base of fundamentals but the thing I'm noticing is that my style of fishing is different from anyone else's. I seldom cast straight back and forward casts but rather prefer a side armed approach that fits the creek and river fishing I mainly do. I've read about casting on plains and understand it and have learned many unique casts for casting in troubling situations. My point is my casting style is unique. As is yours. My urging for you in reading this article is to be aware of your own style and allow yourself to explore it.

On a side note I haven't been fishing or cast much this week as I had surgery. I should be back next week to the river to tear em up. Good casting to yall.
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