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Tag: casting

Describing Fly Rods: "It’s Time for Industry-Wide Standardization"

One thing that threw me for a loop during the early days of my fly fishing journey, was when shop owners encouraged me to pick out a rod and “pretend cast” in the shop. No doubt their intentions were good, “try this one, it’s smooth as silk!” or, “try this one… nothing faster today.” These descriptions were decent, I thought at the time, but...

Euro Nymphing - Bow & Arrow Cast

"Bow and arrow casts on our European setup can be a great technique for fishing under trees, fishing around structure, or to make an accurate cast when there's no back casting room. To do a bow & arrow cast I'm going to hold the bend of the hook behind the point, and flex my rod. Your leader length should be about the same length as your rod.  Make...

Secrets of Fly Casting with Jim Green

Jim Green made this 16mm instructional film in 1975 and it was used by Fenwick and later by L.L. Bean. A pioneer in modern rod materials, Jim Green invented the patented Feralite ferrule for Fenwick. Jim also made significant contributions to two-handed and tournament fly casting. Jim authored the book Fly Casting: From the Beginning, in 1971. Jim passed...

Fly Rod Reviews: Mystic Reaper X and Mystic M-Series Nymphing Rod

I recently fished Mystic’s new fly rod offering, the Reaper X. It picks up on the last generation – a very good fly rod to start with – and adds both blank and hardware refinements. The most notable improvement is that the X is responsive throughout the entire casting stroke, so line load on the back cast is not just apparent, but easy to feel and...

Dealing With Wind

Have a question you want answered? Email it to us at [email protected] Question: I’m heading to Alaska to fish for silvers, and I’ve been warned that it’s almost always windy on the rivers we’ll be fishing. Can you offer some tips for casting into the wind? via email Answer: I spent a summer guiding on the Copper River, which drains into Lake...

The True History of the Switch Cast

Have a question you want answered? Email it to us at [email protected] THIS WEEK’s “Ask the Experts” question comes from yours truly. One of the great parts of this job is that I have access to the best minds in the business, from world-class anglers to famous historians. Paul Schullery, author of the seminal American Fly Fishing: A History and...

What's So Great About Single-Hand Spey?

Have a question you want answered? Email it to us at [email protected] Question: Every time I pick up a fly-fishing magazine or go into a fly shop, it seems that more space is devoted to Spey rods. Since I fish for trout exclusively, I haven’t paid much attention to the rise of two-handers, but now I’m starting to hear more guys talking about...

Fly Fishing Jazz: Fundamentals Before Improvisation

I had dinner with my good friend John Merwin the other night. John has written 15 of the most read, most quoted books on fishing, his career as a magazine editor is legendary, and he’s a co-editor-at-large for Field & Stream. In a nutshell, when Merwin talks, Deeter listens. So I was happy to hear him say that he not only enjoys “Fly Fishing...

The Flats-Fishing Ready Position

Have a question you want answered? Email it to us at [email protected] Question: I’ll be fishing on the flats for bonefish and permit for the first time this winter, and I want to spend some time practicing. I know you’re supposed to stand on the casting platform with your fly in your hand, but what’s the best way to get from this ready position to...

Mending Alternative: the Underpowered Cast

Have a question you want answered? Email it to us at [email protected] Question: The other day, I heard someone talking about using an “underpowered” cast instead of mending. How do you do that? Robert S., Orinda, CA Answer: Sometimes, when you’re fishing in tight quarters or casting across a very fast current, you don’t have the space or time to...