Tuesday Tip: Adding Line to the Cast

Forward Cast

Learning to add line to the cast is the key to distance-casting.

photo by Steve Hemkens

In our last lesson, we learned how to control the line hand during casting, as well as how to “shoot” line by releasing the line at the end of the forward cast. After shooting the line, you then pinched the against the cork handle in what we call the “fishing position.”

 

Now we’re going to put lessons 1 and 2 together to learn how to add line to the cast during false casting. This is the skill that allows you to lengthen your casts after you’ve stripped line in.

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Snow’s Gone, Back on the Lawn

Like the arrival of the first robins, one sure sign of spring is the reappearance of Orvis Rod & Tackle product developers out on the lawn here at Orvis HQ to test-cast new fly rods and lines. This morning, I was heartened to see Steve Hemkens, Divisional Merchandising Manager for Rod & Tackle, and Vice Chairman Dave Perkins throwing some saltwater sticks, so I grabbed the iPhone. . .

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Friday Film Festival 03.18.11

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Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Fest, in which we scour the Internets for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s videos an expedition to wild Mongolia, some Swedish dry-fly action, and a trip to the Land Down Under the Land Down Under (and no, I’m not repeating myself). Enjoy!

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Take a Walk to Help Fight Canine Cancer

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A Recent K9 Cancer Walk

This May 7th marks the 3rd annual Morris Animal Foundation K9 Cancer Walk in Elk Grove, Calif. Many dogs succumb to cancer each year. Last March, Buddy, an 8-year-old chocolate lab mix, lost his human best friend to leukemia and his canine friend Raja to cancer too. On Saturday, May 7, help Buddy celebrate their memory, and raise money and awareness for canine cancer. All proceeds will benefit Morris Animal Foundation’s Canine Cancer Campaign, a national effort to help dogs live longer, healthier, cancer-free lives.

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Hungry Trout and Cold Stout: Springtime in Montana

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One of the pubs along the way

Right about now, we fly fishers are all but frothing to find a bit of water to fish. Though some of us may be lucky enough to live near tailwaters to fish in the winter, the first signs of spring have a different feel to them than fishing in the winter. For one, it’s nice not to have to knock ice out of your rod’s guides after every cast. I spoke with Brandon Boedecker of PRO Outfitters in Montana, and he told me about a new idea they came up with to chase away the winter blues and get out there on some of the best waters in Montana as spring hits. They call it the Pub Crawl…

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In the Loop 03.17.11

fly fishing in ireland 2010 from josep guardia on Vimeo.

To celebrate the holiday, here’s a lovely slideshow about fishing in the Emerald Isle, featuring a soundtrack by the wonderful Waterboys. I had a chance to fish in Ireland in 2006, and I was blown away by the quality of the fishing, how inexpensive it was, and the skill of some of the. . .

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Tying the Knucklehead

The Knucklehead Streamer from Richard Strolis on Vimeo.

The spring season is almost here, and high water on the Battenkill will mean it’s streamer time. I’ve always liked articulated patterns, though I haven’t tied many because they seemed kind of complicated. But in this video, Connecticut-based guide Rich Strolis, demonstrates a straightforward method for tying wiggly, two-hook streamers using some innovative new products. You can tie the Knucklehead in lots of different colors to mimic your local forage fish. I plan on tying up some olive and copper ones for the ‘Kill.

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Springtime’s Promise: Vermont Turkey Hunting

Mid-March and the snow is finally melting here in Southern Vermont. Snow drops and day lilies are popping up in every scrap of bare ground in my yard. Birds awaken me in the morning and the creeks and streams are swollen with runoff, the Battenkill near its banks. I have the Battenkill on my mind, dreaming of chucking streamers in April’s high water, then looking for the noses of big wild brown trout during the Hendrickson hatch. But I have something else on my mind too: turkeys

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Tuesday Tip: The Line Hand and Shooting

Last week we discussed the basics of the front and back casts, using a simple pick-up-and-lay-down drill with the line pinched against the cork grip. Now it’s time to add the “line hand,” the one that controls the fly line during the cast, and discuss shooting line to lengthen the cast.

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