Fly Fishing Tips and Articles
Key grip, using the thumb and index finger opposite each other as one unit and the lower 3 fingers as another unit.
moves back and forth, this gives the cast its stroke length. Short cast, short stroke. Long cast, long stroke.
Elbow lifts and lowers by using the upper arm and shoulder. The elbow stays close to the body, but does move up and down during the casting stroke.
has two positions, bent forward and straight. Every backcast starts with the bent forward position and ends in the straight position. Every forward cast starts with the straight position and ends in the bent forward position. Use the rod but to judge the wrist position. In the bent forward position, the rod butt is in line with the underside of your forearm. In the straight position, the rod but makes a 45-degree angle with the underside of your forearm.
Every backcast should be 180 degrees opposite your forward cast in all planes.
your thumb is your reference point. There is an imaginary line going perpendicular through your thumbnail. This imaginary line shows you where you have aimed your cast. On your backcast keep that imaginary line at or above the horizon. On your forward cast, look in your peripheral vision for your thumb as your hand comes forward. When that imaginary line from your thumb is opposite your target, then you can power snap toward your target.
Flycasting: A systematic Approach- Sheila M. Hassan. 258 Pages, Published 2009
Starting In The Salt - Sheila M. Hassan. 134 Pages, Published 2016.
Fly-Casting Techniques - Joan Wulff. This is the definitive work about fly casting. It is not easy to read but is loaded with information and a book you will turn to time and time again.
Casting Accuracy - Joan Wulff. This short paperback reads easily, has great illustrations, and is packed with information you can use on every cast.
Master the Cast - George V. Roberts Jr. George’s book was recently published. He continues to impress me with his ability to convey fly casting concepts. The book is filled with great photos (which I am frequently seen in) and sketches demonstrating the key casting concepts. George has again demonstrated his great skill for writing with clarity of thought and attention to detail.
10 Steps to Distance and Power - George V. Roberts Jr.
This is geared toward the saltwater angler but everyone can benefit from it. The video is designed as a self-help program, which has a lesson format that allows you to focus on one aspect of your cast at a time in order to develop a better overall fly cast. Complete with practice session instructions, you will never outgrow this tape.
Dynamics of Fly Casting…from Solid Basics to Advanced Techniques - Joan Wulff. This video is a fantastic reference and belongs in every fly caster's collection. The material is well suited to both the beginner and advanced fly caster.
The Joan and Lee Wulff School of Fly-Casting - Joan and Lee Wulff. This video is a classic, it contains valuable information and is the precursor to the above, newer video.
The Essence of Flycasting I and II - Mel Krieger. Both of these videos are excellent. They have some excellent footage of fishing scenes as well as being packed with information on the subtleties of fly casting.
Fly-Fishing for Trout - Gary Borger. A masterful trout angler shares his knowledge of trout habitat, fly presentation, and specialty casts. This is a good comprehensive video for learning about trout fishing.