Video: How to Cast Large or Heavy Flies

Many anglers find that their casting technique goes to pieces when they tie on a heavy streamer or large bass bug. In this great clip from “The Orvis Guide to Fly Fishing,” Orvis casting instructor . . .

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Top 5 Fly-Casting Mistakes and How to Correct Them

Written by: Zach Matthews

Knowing how to cast is important, but so is knowing when to stop casting and start fishing.
Photo by Sandy Hays

Fly-casting is not easy. Like any skill worth knowing, casting expertise takes a long time to develop—in some cases years. The good news is that anglers pretty much make the same mistakes, and . . .

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Pro Tip: How to Cast Heavy Streamers

Big, lead-eye streamers, such as Schultzy’s S3 Sculpin, require a different kind of casting.
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Heavy flies present casters with several troubling problems. We are all taught that good casting means throwing nice, tight loops and that high line speed makes for longer, more accurate. . .

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Video Pro Tips: Staying “In the Box” for Single-Hand Spey or Skagit Casting

Ed Ward is a legend in the Spey- and Skagit-casting world, and here he explains the key to making good dynamic roll casts with a single-hand rod. According to Ward, you need to lock your casting elbow in place to keep the pivot point “in the box”–that is, in the same position through the sweep … Continue reading “Video Pro Tips: Staying “In the Box” for Single-Hand Spey or Skagit Casting”

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Video Pro Tips: How to Cast Tight Loops

Here’s another installment in a series about fly casting from the folks at Mad River Outfitters in Columbus, Ohio. Here, Brian Flechsig talks about why you want your casting loop to be tight, and then he shows you how to do it. In the process, he . . .

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Pro Tips: How to Use a Water Haul for Casting

There are times when regular casting just doesn’t work: it’s too windy, your two-nymph rig is just two heavy, or you simply don’t have the skill to cast as far as you need to. Fear not; there’s a way to get this done without the standard 10-and-2 motion. In . . .

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Video Pro Tips: Understanding Tempo and Creep in Fly Casting

Last month, the folks at Mad River Outfitters in Columbus, Ohio, launched a new series about fly casting. In the latest episode, Brian Flechsig talks about the importance of coming to a complete stop on the backcast and allowing the fly line to roll out . . .

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