The Perfect Cast - Part 3
In the last article I sounded as if casting in the streams of the Great Smoky
Mountains National Park is completely different from casting for trout in other
places. What I have said so far applies to casting in most all of the trout streams
in the nation from east and west.
Angie and I have fished just about all of the trout streams that could be
considered a trout stream in the United States along with some that shouldn't be.
We have fly-fished in forty-four states (not all for trout); 82 streams of which are
called the top 100 trout streams in the nation; and in all of the top few streams
for certain. Anytime and anywhere, anyone is trying to cast for trout by making a
cast of over forty or fifty feet long, they are using the wrong approach. Most all
of the cast you make for trout should be less than thirty, feet long anywhere you
are fishing. In fact, if you make cast over fifty, feet long fishing for saltwater
species, you are making a mistake in most any situation you could possibly
There are several reasons for this. One is very simple. The longer you cast, the
less accurate you are. You cannot possible make a fifty-foot cast and land a fly
on a ten foot long leader and tippet combination within six inches of your
intended target without you false cast too many times. That brings up another
subject of potential error- false casting - but I will discuss that later.
Scenes from "A River Runs Through It" or from your favorite twenty-year old
casting video looks great and tend to make you think you can't cast, but the
truth of the matter is, they have nothing to do with catching trout. Short, accurate
cast that allow you to make a drag-free drift (meaning crooked, messed up cast)
is what catches trout.
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Copyright 2008 James Marsh