Tuesday Tip: Don’t be a Creep

Welcome to our twelfth installment of “Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor,” in which we answer readers’ questions about their biggest fly-casting problems. Reader Marc asked for help with this:

I have been told my casting has a fault that’s called “creep.” I was at an Orvis-dealer fly shop called Bob Marriott’s in Fullerton, California, and was was casting one of their rods. The sales person said that I move my casting hand forward before the back cast is finished. How do I get rid of the creep and keep my hand from moving?

This is a common problem, and it results in a sloppy, underpowered forward cast. In this lesson, I’ll explain why you need to accelerate smoothly from the backcast stop to the foreward cast stop. If your hand creeps forward before you begin the foreward cast, you end up shortening the the casting motion, and you probably don’t give your line time to roll out behind you. Luckily, there’s an easy fix: by stepping back with your right foot (if you’re right-handed), you’ll be able to watch your rod and ensure that it stays put when you stop it on the backcast. Once you’ve trained your hand and arm to do this properly, you won’t have to watch the rod every time, and your forward cast will be much improved.

If you’ve got more questions about casting or presentation, post them below, and we’ll address each problem in a new video.

Previous episodes:

Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor I: Casting Heavy Flies in the Wind

Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor II: Roll-Casting for Accuracy & Distance

Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor III: Casting in the Wind

Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor IV: Casting Accuracy

Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor V: The Curve Cast

Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor VI: Casting Angles

Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor VII: How to Double Haul

Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor VIII: Fixing Tailing Loops

Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor IX: How to Make Delicate Presentations

Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor X: The Steeple Cast

Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor XI: How to Avoid Hitting Your Rod with Your Fly

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