Video: Common Mistakes In Fly Fishing – Episode 1


Written by: Phil Monahan


In the past few months, we’ve posted a great new video series called “Getting Started in Fly Fishing,” from Brian Flechsig of Mad River Outfitters in Columbus, Ohio. Now, they’ve launched a new series called “Common Mistakes In Fly Fishing.” It’s a pretty self-explanatory tile, methinks.

In this first episode, Flechsig explains why it’s a terrible idea–for several reasons–to tie a knot in the end of your fly line. Then he demonstrates the proper way to attach a leader.

10 thoughts on “Video: Common Mistakes In Fly Fishing – Episode 1

  1. gilbar

    respectfully , this guy is AN IDIOT; and has proven that over and over in the first few minutes of this video.
    Are these loops a bad idea? Probably; for a Bunch of reasons.
    *BUT* Mister Bozo says, Over and Over and OVER again, that
    IF YOU DO THIS YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO CAST
    he doesn’t say, you won’t be able to cast well
    he doesn’t say, you won’r be able to cast as good as if you didn’t do this
    he says, EXPLICITLY, that YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO CAST
    Since people are able to fly cast with straight (non tapered line), and DID for hundreds of years…
    Since people are able to fly cast WITH BROOM STICKS…
    Since people are LITERATELY able to fly cast WITH OUT A ROD AT ALL…
    The statement that YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO FLY CAST if your taper is messed up is: IDIOTIC
    The fact that this BOZO would say such shows that he has NO BUSINESS trying to teach
    The fact that ORVIS supports him shows that they have NO BUSINESS in this field

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  2. brian balster

    respectfully , this guy is AN IDIOT; and has proven that over and over in the first few minutes of this video.
    Are these loops a bad idea? Probably; for a Bunch of reasons.
    *BUT* Mister Bozo says, Over and Over and OVER again, that
    IF YOU DO THIS YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO CAST
    he doesn’t say, you won’t be able to cast well
    he doesn’t say, you won’r be able to cast as good as if you didn’t do this
    he says, EXPLICITLY, that YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO CAST
    Since people are able to fly cast with straight (non tapered line), and DID for hundreds of years…
    Since people are able to fly cast WITH BROOM STICKS…
    Since people are LITERATELY able to fly cast WITH OUT A ROD AT ALL…
    The statement that YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO FLY CAST if your taper is messed up is: IDIOTIC
    The fact that this BOZO would say such shows that he has NO BUSINESS trying to teach
    The fact that ORVIS supports him shows that they have NO BUSINESS in this field

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  3. CM

    Very recently I went on a fly fishing horseback day in Yellowstone. We fished the Yellowstone River. Our Wrangler had an old fly rod and struggled to cast. I cut off his old leader and not having a blood knot tool I tied a loop knot on the end of his line, as the dude in this video says not to do, I then a attached a leader to his line and tied on a soft Hackle fly with another soft hackle dropper. He never caught a fish on a fly line before. He didn’t cast far, due to inexperience, but he caught four fish. My suggestion to Orvis is to screen their video blogs better. This guy does not present well. Will never use his guide service. Lol

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    1. Phil Monahan Post author

      I’m pretty sure Mr. Flechsig doesn’t argue that you’ll never catch a fish with a loop tied in the end of your line. But such a loop can make casting and landing a fish more difficult.

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  4. KN

    Only a fool would cut the factory loop off these days. ESPECIALLY in the salt. I had to stop watching after about 2 minutes. For someone who’s fly fished “most of his adult life” he comes across as a dimwit @ best. I would think Perk & Co. Would chose better representation

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    1. Phil Monahan Post author

      As I am sure you’re aware, there are many different opinions about how to best rig a fly line and leader. That’s one of the things that makes the sport so interesting.

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  5. Brent C Taggart

    Right on. Those who would tie a knot in a fly line are ignoring physics. Sure, you can cast it, but you are handicapping yourself. Naysayers on this feed are just being defensive, because they’ve been doing it wrong and don’t want to admit it.

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  6. Darren Hill

    As far as a beginner caster or almost intermediate caster is concerned then I cannot see how this would be bad advice. As for “gilbar’s” or “brian’s” ranty comments – I think you’re forgetting that Mad River Outfitters have been investing time making videos aimed at the novice and less experienced angler. Just like Orvis videos, they take a ton of time and effort to produce and I’m very grateful for the advice I can glean from them. I’m impressed that you can cast fly line with a broomstick, and with a large knotted loop. I don’t think I’m going to get that good.

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