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Fly Fishing

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How to Cast

Once you've got your gear ready, it is time to learn to cast. It will be much easier to learn if you have an experienced caster give you a lesson or two.

Practice on your lawn with no fly attached to your leader. Make sure there are no trees or power lines to get in the way.

Getting started:

  1. If you are right handed, hold the cork grip of the rod in your right hand.

  2. With your left hand, pull ten or so feet of line off of your reel.

  3. Use your right hand to shake the rod so that the line wiggles through the rod and onto the ground in front of you.

Backcast: how to cast

  1. Hold the line tight with your left hand.

  2. Imagine the face of a clock. Using a brisk motion, raise your rod and sweep it back to the 2 o'clock position, stopping your motion abruptly when you reach 2 o'clock. If you did this right, the line that was in front of you should have gone out behind you.

  3. Your backcast is complete when the line is suspended in the air straight behind you. You will want to cast forward before the line falls to the ground behind you. Don't cast forward too soon either! If you cast forward too soon, then the line will not have a chance to completely straighten out behind you and it won't go forward on the forward cast.

Foreward Cast
When the line has straightened out behind you on the back cast, it is time to make a similar motion forward. Sweep the rod forward to the 10 o'clock position. The line should straighten out in front of you and lay straight out on the ground.

Trouble shooting
Things will probably not seem like they work right the first time you try. It happens to everyone so don't be too frustrated.

If things aren't working right, make sure that you are moving the rod between the 10 o'clock position and 2 o'clock position. Make sure you are letting the line straighten out behind you, but not letting it fall to the ground. Your forward cast is only as good as your back cast!

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