The Perfect Cast - Part 2
In the last article I stated that when you attempt to make a long cast the objective
is to straighten out your fly line. That is the only way you can make a long cast. I
proceeded to say that when you are fishing for trout in the Great Smoky
Mountains National Park and straighten out you fly line, most of the time you
have made your first casting mistake. This is because unless you are fishing a
streamers or you have made the cast directly up stream or directly against the
current coming downstream, you will get instant drag. If you do cast directly
upstream you have just cast your line or leader, one of the other, over the fish
you intend to catch. If you straighten your line, leader and tippet and cast it at
even a slight angle from directly against the current, you will begin to get drag
from the time the fly lands on the water.
The point I am trying to make is that you should cast your fly at an angle to the
current or up and across the current and that you should not straighten out you
fly line, leader and tippet. The idea is to have some slack in the leader and
tippet when it hits the water. This will allow the fly to drift drag free and give you
the time you need to mend the line to continue a drag free drift. In other words,
the objective is not to make a long cast but to make an accurate cast with some
slack in your line.
There are several types of cast that accomplish this. The pile, reach and curve
cast are some of the names of the type of cast I am referring too but I don't want
to get off on technical terms or names any more than is necessary. You want to
make a cast that lands the fly on the water in such a manner as to not
create instant drag. That is the number one basic requirement of the
cast irrespective of whether you are fishing a nymph or dry fly.
Attempting to make a long cast is a mistake in most all the types of cast you will
need to make fishing the small streams of the Great Smoky Mountains National
Park. Don't forget that all the streams in the park are small streams. That means
attempting to make a long cast is the wrong approach in most all cases. There
are a very few exceptions that we will mention later. We will also get into the
crooked (for lack of a better word) types of cast later.
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Copyright 2008 James Marsh