The Perfect Cast - Part 4

7/11/08

There is another factor that causes anglers to attempt to make the mistake of
trying to cast too far. It is caused by the fly rod manufacturers. For the last
several years, up until fairly recently,  far too much emphasis has been placed
on making long cast. Most every fly rod ad had to do with fast action, fast tip,
long casting fly rods. It always amazed me that the same manufacturers who
promoted the high price, long casting fly rods also sold an even more expensive
model made of bamboo with an action so slow it was difficult to stay awake
waiting on the backcast to straighten out.
I suppose anglers were supposed
to be stupid enough to think that making a fast action fly rod cost a lot
more than making a medium or slow action fly rod.
I think the increase in saltwater fishing may have been a factor in this. Those
who were new to fishing in saltwater were easily convinced that long cast were
essential. When it came to freshwater, as with most anything else,
manufacturers had to come up with a reason for you to replace your old fly rod
with a new one. Recently the emphasis has been headed back to medium to
slow action fly rods. In ninety-percent of the fly fishing for trout situations, a slow
to medium action fly rod will outperform a fast action rod.
The most recent emphasis in selling fly rods has gone back to weight. In fact,
some manufacturers have gone so far in their attempts to reduce the weight that
they have reduced the size of the handle to the point it only fits the hands of a
petite female teenager. Anglers with big hands like me have been left out.
In case you missed it, here is my point.
If you are trying to make fifteen to
twenty foot curve cast that lands your fly withing a six-inch radius of a
target using a fast-action fly rod, you are making it much more difficult
than it should be.
If you are not concentrating on doing something at least
similar to this, then you need to at least recognize that you should be. That is
the type of cast you need to make to catch trout in the Great Smoky Mountains
National Park as well as most anywhere else.

Coming Soon:
More on the Perfect Cast

Copyright 2008 James Marsh