The Perfect Cast:
Anytime you cast and catch a fish you can rightfully say that you made a
"Perfect Cast". The cast accomplished its one and only purpose. You cast the
fly in such a manner that you were able to present the fly well enough to fool the
fish into thinking it was the real thing.
Unless you are competing in a long distance casting competition, the
one and only purpose of the cast is to get the fly into the right position
for you to make a perfect presentation. The "Perfect Presentation" is what
makes the fly drift along the surface, mid-depth or near the bottom as it were a
real adult fly, nymph, larva or pupa. Any presentation that catches a fish is a
"Perfect Presentation". If you are trying to accomplish anything else when you
make a cast, you are not fishing, you are engaged in some other function that
you have falsely associated with casting a fly.
Some self proclaimed fly fishing experts (and some that the rapidly fading fly-
fishing publications have called experts) would like for you to think that casting a
fly is a very complex and difficult to learn skill. It is not. If you are new to fly
fishing and you start out with the preconception that learning to cast is going to
be a long, drawn out complex process, then you are fooling yourself. Learning
to cast is fairly simple.
The next several articles is going to deal with what I think casting should be. To
begin with, when anyone makes a long cast, they must straighten out the fly line.
You can't make a long cast with slack fly line that ends up in any other shape.
You must straighten the line out.
With only a few exceptions, when you make a cast to cast a trout and
you straighten out your fly line, you have just make your first mistake.
More on the Perfect Cast
Copyright 2008 James Marsh