Most fishermen who have mustered up the interest in learning to cast properly respect the strict importance of learning how to perform their cast correctly and with finesse. With just a few spare hours invested in practicing your technique each day, you can eventually learn how to cast like a fly fishing professional. Additionally, familiarizing yourself with your fishing reel will also help you to assert more control over your equipment as well. Regardless of which method of casting you prefer to focus on, you should always keep in mind that every cast will require you to do so with your wrist and not your arm.
When learning how to perform the overhand cast you will want to think of yourself as if you were standing in front of a large clock. With this in mind, picture your target to be at the 3 o’ clock mark. Face 3 o’ clock directly, with your elbows into your sides raise your rod sharply straight up and back in the direction of 10 o’ clock. With your wrist, whip your fishing rod back out in front of you, releasing the lure at the 11 o’ clock mark.
Once again, stand and picture yourself facing the face of a large clock, again with your target as 3 o’ clock. Hold the rod level to the floor or ground as if it were the water. Sharply move the fishing rod to the level of your waist where the 7 o’ clock would be. Now, using your wrist, whip your rod in front of you and release it at the 6 o’ clock mark.
Hold your fishing rod where your waist is, keeping it parallel to the floor. This means that your fishing rod will be at about a 45 degree angle from where your target is. Lower the lure until it is around 7 inches from the tip of your rod and in one quick and smooth motion, outline a half circle using the tip of your rod, releasing your lure once the rod reaches the bottom part of the circle. Be sure that you are only using your wrist while at the same time, keeping the tip of your rod pointing down.
Once you are perfecting your technique on water, situate yourself only as far away from that water as the clarity of it allows. As long as you are near enough to remain accurate and consistent in your practice, you will eventually become a successful fly fisherman with exceptional technique.
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