Copyright 2013 James Marsh
Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
1. BWOs (Little BWOs)
2. Giant Black Stoneflies
3. Light Cahills
4. Cinnamon Caddis (mostly Abrams)
5. Eastern Pale Evening Duns
6. Little Short-horned Sedges
7. American March Browns
9. Green Sedges
10. Little Yellow Stoneflies
11. Golden Stoneflies
Most available - Other types of food:
12. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
13. Inch Worms
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Getting Started - More On Casting
The tip of the rod is what controls the fly line. The line just follows the rod tip so to speak.
I don't want this to get over complicated or too difficult to follow but understanding a little about the
mechanics of a cast is helpful.
Ideally, when the line clears the water and becomes airborne, you should accelerate the back cast and then
abruptly stop, providing enough energy to straighten out the line behind you. Just as the loop unrolls and
the line becomes straight, you should accelerate the forward cast providing enough energy to unroll and
straighten the line out in front of you and then again, for a split second, abruptly stop..In a slowed down
motion you allow the straightened line to fall to the water.
When you first begin the back cast by picking the line up off the water, the drag and weight of the line should
bend or “load” the rod. When you begin your forward cast the acceleration and weight of the line will again
“load” or bend the rod in the opposite direction. When a rod is “loaded”, it in effect becomes, a spring. It is
this loading and unloading of the rod that assist in casting the line. If it were not for this fact, you may just as
well use a very stiff rod that doesn't bend at all. You could use a “broom stick” to cast fly line and it will work
to some degree.
In fact, you don't even have to use a rod at all to cast a fly line. You can do it with your arms. The fly rod just
makes it easier to cast farther and more accurately. Again, it's the loading and unloading of a fly rod that
sends that line gracefully unrolling a good distance across the water. These are just basic principles of
casting that many of you have probably heard many times.
Often, when we are making a short cast, we fail to load the rod. We turn the cast into a sloppy cast that
spooks the fish when the line is picked up on the back cast or spooks them when the line hits the water on
the forward cast. Even though you are only making short cast, you still need to go through the procedures
necessary to load and unload the rod.
When you make a relatively long cast, the loop formed on the back cast and the forward cast, if made
properly, is in a relatively small plane. This narrow loop is called a “tight loop". If you had of allowed the rod
to come back too far on the back cast, go too far forward on the forward cast before stopping it abruptly, or
both, the loop formed would have been in a wide plane or open loop. That isn't good for making a long cast.
If you are making long cast, you want to cast tight loops. One key objective in keeping a tight loop is to bend
the rod progressively through the casting strokes to keep the tip of the rod traveling straight. Fast tip rods
help accomplish this. If the rod tip travels in a big wide arc, you will have a big, wide loop. With an equal
amount of effort, you will be casting farther if you cast tight loops than if you cast open or wide loops.
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