December 1st, 1997
Are You A Flailer?
"BACK CAST: That part of the fly cast
where the rod and line are lifted up and backward so the
line travels straight behind the caster.
FORWARD CAST: The delivery portion of the fly
cast. The forward cast starts when the line has straightened out behind.
FALSE CAST: Back and forward casts that allow the angler to lengthen the
amount of line being cast before the line is allowed to drop to the water. False casts
help the angler change the direction of casting. A few snappy false casts also help
remove excess water from dry flies. False casting also is used to measure the
distance of the cast relative to a rising fish. Many new fly-anglers false cast too
much. That is, they cast back and forth in the same direction and do not let line out ..
they just flail away with no real purpose."
(from The Essential Guide to Fly Fishing.)
So, what is that all about? This is not a book review section, it's supposed to be
about casting. Ok, those are from the glossary of a new soft cover book for anyone
just getting into fly fishing. The author is Clive Schaupmeyer from Brooks, Alberta,
Canada. At $22.95, it is published by Johnson Gorman Publishers, Red Deer
Alberta, Canada. Soon it will be available for $17.95 in the US from Lonepine
Publishers, Redmond WA, (800-661-9017). It is a very good book, 288 pages that
cover the whole of fly fishing. For a new angler it will do a dandy job.
What about casting? Yup, he covers that; not only how to, but where to, and why
to, as well. Like pictures and diagrams? Well then, here are some with his text from
the book, pages 79, 80, and 81. Enjoy.
1.To start the overhead cast the rod is
gently raised off the water and then
power is applied starting at about 10
2.The rod is stopped at about 1
o'clock and paused while the line
3.At the beginning of the forward cast the line is straight and parallel to the
ground. If enough power has been put into the back cast the rod will load
sufficiently to complete the forward cast properly.
4.The rod is powered forward to about 10 o'clock.
5.As the line straightens ahead, the rod is lowered to the water.
Our thanks to Clive Schaupmeyer, author of The Essential
Guide to Fly Fishing, ©1997 Clive Schaupmeyer, published
by Johnson Gorman Publishers, for permission to use excerpts. ~ JC
Till next week, remember ...