Tag Archives: fly-casting tips

Pro Tips: There is NO “Correct” Casting Style, So Find Your Own


Written by: Phil Monahan

There’s more than one way to achieve the gorgeous cast demonstrated by the late, great instructor Bill Cairns.

The idea that there is a single, “correct” casting motion is one of the great fallacies in fly fishing. Spend enough time at the casting pool at a consumer show, and you’ll see several big-name. . .

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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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