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Tag: casting

Christopher Rownes | Passion for Movement

Marcus Sies produced this remarkable film about fly casting instructor Christopher Rownes, who as a professional dancer discovered how human movement can reveal a passion for timing and grace. Rownes is currently a sales manager for Guideline. "If there is one thing that didn’t change in the life of Christopher Rownes, it’s his fascination for the...

Fly Rod Review: Redington "Butter Stick"

I enjoyed fishing the Redington Butter Stick a little bit too much. At one point, this crazy thought crossed my mind: why are you even bothering with graphite at all? Fortunately, the logical side of my brain kicked into action and shut that thought down. For those who have never handled a fiberglass rod, I urge you to do so – at least occasionally. The...

Fly Casting: Tips for Casting Sink Tip Lines

Pete Kutzer from the Orvis Fly Fishing School offers tips for casting sink tip flylines. Sink tip flylines are important tool for fly fishers for getting flies down in the water column. But sometimes they can be a challenge to cast, compared to a floating line. Pete explains some great ways to make casting sink tip fly lines easier and more effective.

Podcast Episode: Whitney Milhoan on Anchored

Whitney Milhoan, executive director of Casting for Recovery, is a guest on a recent episode of Anchored with April Vokey. Casting for Recovery started in 1996 with a focus on improving quality of life for female cancer patients, and has since provided healing outdoor retreats for women with breast cancer. In the podcast, Whitney discusses why fly fishing is...

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...