Welcome to another installment of “Ask an Orvis Fly-Fishing Instructor,” with me, Peter Kutzer. In this episode, I demonstrate how to cast in windy conditions. Before we proceed, a word of caution: Whenever there’s any kind of wind, your first priority should always be safety. Always be aware of where your fly is, and make sure that you are not endangering yourself or anyone else. A hook that’s embedded in some sensitive flesh can mean the end of your fishing day.
That said, the next thing to consider is the wind direction, because this will determine how you need to cast in order to counteract the wind’s effect on your fly line. If the wind is blowing directly into your casting shoulder, you need to figure out how to keep the fly away from your head and neck. If it’s blowing against your off shoulder, you need to adjust your presentation for accuracy. A head-on wind requires a tight loop, and a tail wind calls for an oval cast.
Practice all of these methods when you get some free time, and you’ll find that a stiff breeze won’t be a problem when you’re on the water.