May 25th, 1998
It isn't too long after one gets into fly fishing that
he learns how to place a fairly accurate over-head cast. Most trout are
caught with that cast. However, the very next cast which needs to
be accomplished is the curve-cast. Probably no other cast has so much written
about it, and by excellent writers and casters. So, why do I bring it up?
You may not have read about it yet!
This cast is far easier to do, than to describe. But
let's take this one step at a time. First, you need it. Second, it is the
next plateau in your casting learning. Third, you will catch more fish.
So, with that for an introduction, let's get this over with. I think it
is my most-used cast, even in long range salt-water casting.
I know for a fact that it is my most-used cast in short-range dry fly casting.
Why is it so important? Line control. Line control is presentation. Presentation
catches fish, period.
Curve-casts give you control of the loop of
line when casting on an upstream cast, or quartering upstream. That gives
you control of the drift of the dry fly or nymph. In salt-chuck it allows
you to fish the 'seams' in the estuary where the currents merge. The cast
is very important. It IS your next cast.
So, what is it? Very simply, it is an 'over-powered'
cast. It's that simple. Start with your normal 'overhead' cast. Have a
practice fly on the leader. Now don't cheat, use a full length leader and
tippet. A bit of yarn for the fly. On the front cast,stop short, hard,
and drive the fly down. The same cast as if you were fishing a nymph
or streamer. Make the fly dive down, The fly needs to hit the water first!
Next, switch to side-arm casting. Do the same cast again.
Bingo! That's the curve cast. The left-hand curve-cast. It's that easy.
Now, practice. You will find the leader is now more important than before.
The length and make up must be correct. If it is, the cast will work very
well for you. If not, re-check your leader or the hard and high rod
And, yes I know there are other ways to
perform this cast, this is the easiest way for me. Work on it. You need
it. Line control IS presentation. -JC
Till next week, remember ...