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 Tip: How to Make a Belgian (Oval) Cast

The Belgian Cast, also known as the “oval cast,” achieves a few things: it keeps the line under constant tension, it keeps the flies away from the caster on the back cast, and it ensures that. . .

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Video Pro Tips: Casting Lessons from Master Instructors

Our friends at Scientific Anglers have produced an excellent 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 responsible . . .

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Classic Video Tuesday Tip: Using Different Casting Angles

Welcome to another installment of “Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor,” starring our own Peter Kutzer, who works at the Manchester, Vermont, Fly Fishing School. In the video below, he answers a question from blog reader “griffjc,” who wrote, . . .

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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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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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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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Video Pro Tip: How to Make a Curve Cast

Welcome to another installment of “Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor,” starring our own Peter Kutzer, who was for years a fly-fishing guru at the Manchester, Vermont, Fly Fishing School. A while ago, we asked you to post some questions about your biggest . . .

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