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    Default Re: Upstream Under Branches

    Silver, I am a right handed caster. In the photo we are walking upstream. We will stand directly behind the fish about 25’. We use dry flies and the leaders are fairly long. I have in fact made this cast correctly once and it was pure luck. The rest of the day was all fails. That’s when I was first starting out so it’s okay.

    Now I’m going back and am practicing the specific shot. I’m doing much better now that I switched rods to a medium action. The longer casting stroke afforded by the increased flex means I can end my cast with the rod tip pointing closer to the fish than the center of the river.

    Still needs work but it seems doable after the rod change.

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    Default Re: Upstream Under Branches

    Quote Originally Posted by mcnerney View Post
    Here is a very good video describing how to cast under branches, it was on the Orvis site a few days ago.
    Larry, that was the Jensens. It's gonna take a lifetime for me to learn to cast like them!
    There's not a day that goes by that I don't wonder how dreary this world would be if elk were bald and birds had no feathers.
    - Hank Patterson

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    Default Re: Upstream Under Branches

    Quote Originally Posted by yikes View Post
    Larry, that was the Jensens. It's gonna take a lifetime for me to learn to cast like them!
    Yes, I agree, they are pretty awesome! I love watching all the video tips they post up.
    Larry


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    Quote Originally Posted by mcnerney View Post
    Yes, I agree, they are pretty awesome! I love watching all the video tips they post up.
    That was a very helpful video.

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    Curve cast should be your ticket here. The rod stop is your critical step.

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    Default Re: Upstream Under Branches

    Quote Originally Posted by yikes View Post
    Larry, that was the Jensens. It's gonna take a lifetime for me to learn to cast like them!
    The Jensens are really good at making videos and capturing beautiful feeding fish. I always enjoy their stuff

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    I was able to find some fish under the overhanging branches this time:

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    Default Re: Upstream Under Branches

    Ive been fishing the shady woods sections of the river in the canopy and what ive had to do lately is lean sideways to my casting side and cast with the rod parallel to the river a foot or so above and cast the line under to the bank.

    Getting the lift on the backcast takes a little practice sideways, but it is worth the effort, hooked up on a number of nice browns resting in the shade.

    The harder the cast the bigger the fish, and the more enjoyment when you hook up.

    Many times in with low hanging tree branches and thick its the only way for me. Sometimes in some areas its all trick casting, cack handed weak side, parallel side cast with a curve. Fishing is unconventional casting.

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