In fly fishing, you cast line rather than a lure. Other fishing methods rely on a lure’s weight to pull line from a reel during the forward motion of a cast. By design, a fly is too light to be cast. Instead, it follows a fly line when it is cast.
There are many casts you can use in fly fishing, but they all follow the same basic principles of moving the rod and line.
Unlike in spin casting, where the weight of the lure pulls the line off the reel, in fly casting, the weight of the line carries the fly to the fish. Remember the fly rod and line (and thus the fly) will go in the direction you point the rod tip in a cast. To learn to fly cast, it’s important to understand the mechanics of the fly rod.
A fly rod is flexible, giving you the ability to cast the rod and release energy through it to send out the line. To get the rod to release energy, you want the rod to stroke (or bend), then stop. Proper stroking and stopping of the fly rod will create a good fly cast with proper energy. Releasing energy through a fly rod is not necessarily strength-related, it’s more timing related. Practice is the best way to become good at timing your cast.
The Club holds regular casting days for both beginners and the experienced and individual tuition is always available.
In addition there is a wealth of resources available on the web â€“ just type fly casting into your search engine or try these links: