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Tag: fly casting

Meet Winners of the National Fly Casting Competition

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing was recently host to the annual National Fly Casting Competition in Bozeman, Montana. The event took place on Friday, July 26, 2019 on the campus of Montana State University during the Fly Fishers International Expo. “A total of 27 PHWFF disabled veteran participants competed in two separate brackets for the finals in...

Fly Casting: Accuracy

Fly fishing casting expert Bruce Richards talks about loop formation, casting arcs, and accuracy.

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 Fishing Tip: How to Make the Snake Roll Cast

Mike Beard: "This is called a snake roll. You know the snake roll is not the easiest of casts. The key is is when you bring it up, get all the line out of the water and drop it right away again—right where you need that anchor point.  And by creating that first loop you set yourself up for a nice D loop behind you, and you can make that cast out again."

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...

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...