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Tag: fly casting

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...

Fly Fishing Jazz: Dizzy’s Cheeks

I’VE BEEN TO A LOT of great concerts in my life. I believe that the live performance trumps any recording one might hear through speakers or earphones. It’s one thing to hear it; it’s an entirely better experience to see it and hear it at the same time. One of the best live shows I’ve seen happened many years ago (mid 80s) when I dragged my...

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...

Fly Fishing Jazz: “Good Bait”

THE PERMIT CRUISED into the shallows, and I knew right away it was big, because it glimmered under the surface like a shiny trash can lid. Florida flats guide Bill Curtis was on the poling platform; he just pointed to make sure I had my bearings, not saying a word. I made what I thought was the perfect cast—a 60-footer that plopped the crab fly two feet...

Fly Fishing Jazz: The Irish Golf Lesson

A FEW WEEKS AGO, I had the great honor of playing 18 holes at Enniscrone Golf Club, in County Sligo, Ireland, with club manager Pat Sweeney. Pat is a soft-spoken gentleman of the best Irish kind, which was a good thing, because Enniscrone is a severe, unforgiving test for the American golfer—tall dunes (under which the ancient Irish buried Viking...

Fly Fishing Jazz: Breaking Down the Music

THE OTHER DAY I was helping my 11-year-old son play “Jingle Bells” on the piano. And it occurred to me that sometimes, the trickiest tunes to learn to play off sheet music are the ones you already hear in your ear, because your mind wants to go in a certain direction, when in fact, the notes are actually telling your fingers to go in another. I’ve...

Casting In the Wind

Buy “Casts That Catch Fish” on MidCurrent Why learn techniques that will help you compensate for wind? Simple—so you don’t hook yourself—or your mate!  Here are several helpful tips from “Casts That Catch Fish” by On the Fly Productions: Gear Adjustments (not always practical) Stiffer Rod Heavier line Aggressive weight forward taper Shorten...

Fly Fishing Jazz: “The Rest”

IN MY LAST "JAZZ" COLUMN, I wrote about Charlie Parker and the Be-Bop style, which described firing off notes (perfect notes), in rapid progression. And Be-Bop is amazing, if for no other reason than it demonstrates technical acumen on a level that can (and should) be appreciated, even if it cannot be duplicated. We fly fishers should strive to be able to...

Fly Fishing Jazz: The Be-Bop Hop

CHARLIE PARKER MADE a substantial impact on jazz, even though he died very tragically (the result of various addictions) at the age of 34. Parker was the master of “Be-Bop” saxophone, a style defined by extremely fast tempos—all the while maintaining technical perfection. Parker was never sloppy fast. He was perfect-fast. Great tone and harmonics, in...

How to Make a Tuck Cast

The tuck cast or tuck cast mend is a great cast for getting heavily weighted nymphs or even streamers quickly down into the water column.  By On the Fly Productions. Buy “Casts That Catch Fish” on MidCurrent