The truth about false casting Hatch Magazine

The truth about false casting  Hatch Magazine

If you spend a lot of time reading about fly fishing, or hanging out with other anglers, you’ve probably come across a common theme in our sport.

“We’ve been telling too many lies. Stop it.”

This exhortation to limit or limit our false selection is often followed by a little home fishing wisdom. “You won’t be able to catch fish with your fly in the air. False casting is a waste of time. ‘Put your fly in the water.’

Sounds like great advice, right? Stop false casting. Make sure you fly on or in water. Catch more fish.

But it’s not great advice. For many people, this is incredibly counterproductive. So let’s take a closer look at our false casting.

Why do we throw false? There are six main reasons. Here are the first five:

  1. False casting allows us to lengthen or shorten our line.
  2. It also allows us to change the direction of our crew—say, for example, we’ve chosen a new target—without setting our line on the water.
  3. It helps us measure our crew’s distance compared to our target.
  4. It dries our dry flies.
  5. He can get rid of line spray before the presentation crew. (This is why we often incorrectly cast light to the left or right of our target.)

All five of these reasons are valid and important for our hunting. Any fly fisherman worth the name needs to change the length of his cast as well as the direction on a regular basis. We all hope you deliver the right line. Our dry flies definitely need to float. None of us should want to scare away fish by throwing a cascade of water drops in their direction.

There are two other points I should point out. The first has to do with the ubiquitous truism I mentioned above: “Keep your fly in the water.”

All other things being equal, a fly that is always on the water will outperform a fly that is on the water less frequently. But all else is rarely equal. A fly fisherman who casts occasionally but fishes effectively will always outperform someone whose fly is constantly in the water but lacks basic fishing skills.

If we hope to catch more or bigger fish, we must focus on improving our catches. The amount of time the fly spends on the water is a secondary concern.

My final point — and I’m not sure how to say this without offending at least a few people — is that for many of us, fly fishing isn’t about conforming to some ill-considered and counterproductive standard. It’s not about caving in to conventional wisdom. It’s about enjoying our time on the water.

Fly fishing should be fun. So the casting must fly. So when someone, regardless of their qualifications or opinion of themselves, tells you that you’re doing it wrong — and that you’re lying a lot — they’re trying to impose their narrow, ideological views on your hunting.

John Jurassick, who occasionally writes for Hatch and who, in addition to being one of the best anglers on the planet, is a trout school teacher, said it beautifully several years ago.

“Take a few minutes and watch a good flying wheel. What you will see is someone in complete and complete control of his medium. You will feel the grace, elegance and beauty inherent in its smoothly unfolded line. A good toss should be a matter of conscious enjoyment, even celebration, not something to be overlooked or He dismissed it as merely a mechanism by which we get our fly to the target. After all, isn’t casting itself what separates fly fishing from other forms of fishing? If we can’t celebrate that, why do we fly fish in the first place? There are other, more effective ways to bring fish within reach Hand.

I mentioned above that there are six causes of incorrect casting. John’s quote illustrates the last sentence perfectly. We cast a false cast because it is an important part of our fly fishing – an essential part – and because it adds greatly to our enjoyment of the sport. If you don’t want to make a false conversion, you don’t have to. But please don’t let the false casting police dictate how you fish. At the end of the day, fly fishing should put a big smile on your face. Don’t let anyone steal that from you.

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