Podcast: How to Practice Your Fly Casting, with Pete Kutzer

The better your casting, the more and fun you’ll have and the more relaxed you’ll be on the water. Pete Kutzer is one of the finest casting instructors in the world, and he’s one of the finest anglers you’ll meet. This means that he teaches casting as a way to have more enjoyable fishing, so he’s pragmatic and flexible. He practices his own casting almost every day, and he gives us hints on how to practice at home, no matter what kind of fishing you end up doing.  You’ll be glad you did—and so will your guide, if you hire one.

In the Fly Box, we have some interesting questions and helpful tips from listeners, including:

  • I need a rod for bass fishing, as well as for throwing streamers for trout. I only have light trout rods. Which rod should I choose?
  • What is a competition hook, and how does it differ from a regular hook?
  • A good tip on how to make matte beads from shiny gold ones without painting or markers.
  • I know you should not go more than .002-inch difference when knotting on a tippet. Can I get away from bigger differences in heavy butt material?
  • I have been fly fishing for 35 years and am looking for a more advanced course.  Where should I go?
  • Do you know anything about fishing in Switzerland?
  • How can I target carp in dirty water?
  • I am going Atlantic-salmon fishing in Norway. Can I use a single-handed rod even though most people use two-handers?
  • A tip from a listener on always mashing down the barbs of hooks when fishing with kids.
  • My line gets twisted when I fish with a dry/dropper arrangement. Is there any way to avoid this?
  • My tungsten beads crack when I hit rocks behind me on my backcast. Are there beads that are more durable than tungsten?
  • How can I fish the tails of pools in small streams without getting drag?
  • I can’t get redfish running a surf line to eat my flies. Any suggestions?

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