101 Fly Fishing Tips for Beginners: Tip #27: Standard Casting and Tip #28: Fishing in Stormy Weather
101 Fly Fishing Tips for Beginners: Tip #27: Standard Casting and Tip #28: Fishing in Stormy Weather Standard casting is very simple: the fly line and the rod are both lifted in a smooth motion.
You’ll use an up and backwards direction which you stop when the rod is just at the vertical point.
When the line starts to straighten out or fall downwards the cast will begin increasing in speed while your wrist snaps the entire rod back from the 11:00 and 1:00 clock positions. The line will fly forward to where you want it to land.
When you’re ready to cast, make it a long cast that moves straight out from where you are standing. Strive for about a ten-foot cast. When the bait hits the bottom wait for a minute or two before you start to drag it slowly up along the slope.
When you’re ready to cast again throw your line out a bit to the right. Then cast to the left the next time, so that you’re fanning the area in front of you.
You also have the option of wading knee deep out into the water to cast your line so that it runs parallel to the bank. This allows you to fish for the entire area of the bank so that you have the most success.
Wear clothes that are going to let you blend into the bank, such as camouflage. And walk softly and carefully as you walk along the bank to avoid spooking the bass or other fish in the area. Keep all your movement slow and steady always.
Fishing for fish from the bank can really challenge you as a fly fisher. Once you get those first few bites, you’ll be convinced that bank fishing is just as good as fishing in a stream or lake.
Tip #28: Fishing in Stormy Weather
Fly fishing in stormy weather can come with its own challenges. A storm occurs when winds come up suddenly, without warning, and without any indication of how long the storm will last. One big concern during a storm is thunderstorms.
If you’re out fishing and a storm occurs there are some precautions that you’ll want to take. You’ll want to head for higher ground immediately if you’re near the water and there are thunderstorms in the area.
If there is no sign of thunder or lightning, you may choose to ride out the storm and continue fishing. In this case you’ll have to adjust your fishing technique to reflect the change in weather.
When you’re fishing along the shore and a storm comes up you can take advantage of the wind. You’ll often be able to catch fish at very shallow levels in windy weather conditions, however these will probably be small bass.
You’ll find bigger fish in deeper depths during storms, but these sized fish will be harder to catch, and you should focus your efforts on the smaller ones.
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