Why in the world do fly fishermen have to cast multiple times before they land the line on the water? It’s a question we’re commonly asked by puzzled beginner fly fisherman - especially those accustomed to spin cast fishing methods.
The answer is simple. Most flies weigh near nothing. The combination of the long, whippy fly rod and a weighted “fly line” allow you to shoot the line, gaining momentum by every back and forth stroke, until you’ve reached your desired length. This is what allows fly fishermen to deliver delicate fly presentations to picky fish.
Casting the fly rod is a critical skill to master as you begin fly fishing. You’ll want to take your time here and make sure you don’t pass up any fundamentals. While there is a library of different casts you can learn online, we’ve selected the most useful for you to learn right away. We’ll cover the situation in which to use the cast, provide a helpful video, and go over the key points of each cast.
Practice makes perfect. In your spare time, go to your backyard, local park, or any open area. Make sure you are always casting towards a target. Our targets of choice are a loaded mousetrap or hoola hoop. Both work great and can be an excellent way to build accuracy.