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 in the Wind

The latest how-to video from Ben Sittig, a.k.a Huge Fly Fisherman, is all about the fly-caster’s nemesis–the wind. How many times have you been frustrated by wind that won’t allow you to put your fly where you want it to go, or even worse, put your fly . . .

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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: How to Make a Roll Cast

Earlier this year, our friends at Scientific Anglers produced a great series of casting-instruction videos hosted by two modern masters: Bruce Richards and Jeff Wagner. Richards was the longtime head fly-line designer for Scientific Anglers and is . . .

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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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Video Pro Tips: How to Time Your Fly Cast

This year, the folks at Mad River Outfitters in Columbus, Ohio, launched a new series about fly casting. In the latest episode, Brian Flechsig talks how you should think about rhythm and timing in fly casting. In fact, he even does away with the term “fly . . .

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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.
Photo via orvis.com

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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Pro Tip: Rod Action is Really Rod-and-Line Action


A well-matched rod and line will easily throw a tight loop.
Photo courtesy Orvis Fly Fishing School

Fly rods come in a variety of “actions,” from slow to super-fast. As we have written about before, the action of a rod is determined by a variety of factors, such as materials, taper, and hardware. But . . .

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