Welcome to another 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 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 forward cast stop. If your hand creeps forward before you begin the forward cast, you end up shortening 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.