Tag Archives: fly-casting tips

Video Tuesday Tip: How to Make a Double Spey Cast with a Single- or Two-Handed Rod


Written by: Phil Monahan

Here’s another quick-and-dirty fly-casting video that I made with Pete Kutzer of the Orvis Fly Fishing Schools. Previously, Pete demonstrated the Circle Spey cast, which is useful when . . .

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Pro Tip: How to Cast Heavy Streamers


Written by: Phil Monahan

Big, lead-eye streamers, such as Schultzy’s S3 Sculpin, require a different kind of casting.
Photo via orvis.com

Heavy flies present casters with several troubling problems. We are all taught that good casting means throwing nice, tight loops and that high line speed makes for longer, more accurate. . .

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Pro Tips: 3 Ways to Deal with Casting in the Wind


Written by: Phil Monahan

To move your rod tip to the downwind side, don’t angle the rod across your body (left). Instead, just angle the rod so the tip is downwind.

In the mid 1990s, I spent a summer guiding on Alaska’s Copper River, which drains into Lake Iliamna. It’s a region known for constant, strong wind, so I spent a lot of time helping clients . . .

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Classic Video Tuesday Tip: Using Different Casting Angles


Written by: Phil Monahan

Welcome to another installment of “Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor,” starring our own Peter Kutzer, who works at the Manchester, Vermont, Fly Fishing School. In the video below, he answers a question from blog reader “griffjc,” who wrote, . . .

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Pro Tip: Rod Action is Really Rod-and-Line Action


Written by: Phil Monahan

A well-matched rod and line will easily throw a tight loop.
Photo courtesy Orvis Fly Fishing School

Fly rods come in a variety of “actions,” from slow to super-fast. As we have written about before, the action of a rod is determined by a variety of factors, such as materials, taper, and hardware. But . . .

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