Fly Fishing Techniques
Casting Heavy Flies
IF YOU throw tight, fast loops with a lot of weight at the end of the line, the results are shocking...literally. At the end of every forward- and backcast the heavy fly acts like a running dog hitting the end of its leash, bouncing backward. This sends shock waves down the line to the rod and screws everything up.Read more...
Using a Sweep Set
THE SWEEP SET uses the water tension on the line to apply pressure. You’re counting on the tension along the line to transfer energy down to the fly. Think about how the current pushing on your line makes your fly swing at the end of a drift. It’s the same principle at work in the sweep set.Read more...
Pete Kutzer of the Orvis Fly Fishing School demonstrates how to use water tension to load the rod and make a quick upstream cast. The water haul is particularly useful when you’re fishing a rig prone to tangling, such as a …
Perhaps the best advice on how to improve your skills on the water is to fish with anglers who are more accomplished and knowledgeable than yourself. “Successful fishing begins in your head,” writes Matthew Copeland. “What’s in there is influenced … more
“Mousing” has developed a unique following of anglers who head out after dark to draw fish out with big, topwater mouse patterns. And a new study published in the journal Ecology of Freshwater Fish proves the effort may indeed be worth … more
While Tenkara was once considered a “fad” in the U.S., the ancient Japanese method of fishing is holding its own, proving it’s here to stay. In a recent article in The Denver Post, Scott Willoughby focuses on its popularity along … more