Welcome to our ninth installment of “Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor,” in which we answer readers’ questions about their biggest fly-casting problems. A few weeks ago, reader “Steve” wrote, Thanks for the great tips. My problem is with presentation. Usually my flies land with a splat. What would help achieve a more delicate presentation?Read More
Welcome to our second installment of “Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor,” starring our own Peter Kutzer. A few weeks ago, we asked you to post some questions about your biggest casting problems. Reader “Jeff M.” wrote, “What mechanics do you use to increase distance and accuracy with a roll cast?” In this video, Peter demonstrates how to achieve better accuracy. . .Read More
Welcome to our eighth installment of “Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor,” starring our own Peter Kutzer, who works at the Manchester, Vermont, Fly Fishing School. A couple months ago, we asked you to post some questions about your biggest fly-casting problems. Reader “Phil A.” wrote, “I have a problem with power casting and a tangled mess of leader/flies. . .”Read More
In the last installment of “Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor,” we dealt with the “ready position” and casting from the bow of a boat. In this week’s video, we’ll deal with something much more basic: Making a good backcast. For some anglers, the backcast is somewhat of a mystery, since it happens behind the caster. You’ll often hear casters talking about how they “feel” the. . .Read More
In the last installment of “Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor,” we dealt with how to cast from a boat, focusing on the “ready position” that helps you make quick, accurate casts to an often moving target. A lot of people believe that saltwater fly-fishing requires super-long casts all the time, but that’s simply not true. Sometimes, the fish are quite close to the boat, and you have to make a quick short cast. Of course, these same short. . .Read More
In the last installment of “Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor,” we dealt with the bow-and-arrow cast, which is great for tight situations, when you have no room for a backcast. In this week’s video, we deal with a very different circumstance: fishing from the bow of a boat. Oftentimes, they keys to catching fish in the tropics are. . .Read More
In the last installment of “Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor,” we dealt with the most basic elements of the fly cast, but now we deal with the other end of the spectrum: an advanced, specialized cast for very specific angling situations. But just because a a cast is labeled “advanced” doesn’t mean that it’s difficult to master.
The bow-and-arrow cast is for when you are. . .Read More
In our previous videos, we’ve talked a lot about specific casting techniques, some of which are quite advanced, but we’ve never gone over the basic cast. In this installment of our ongoing seriesfeaturing a cool new opening montage by director/editor Eric WeislederI run through the three keys to making good casts with a fly rod: smooth acceleration, stopping the rod, and keeping the rod tip tracking in a straight line.
Don’t worry too much about all the “rules” you’ve heard, such as. . .Read More
Welcome to our first installment of “Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor,” starring our own Peter Kutzer. A couple weeks ago, we asked you to post some questions about your biggest casting problems. Reader “Phil” wrote, “Any tips you can give on casting heavily weighted flies would be appreciated,” and “Dave R.” asked a much more specific version of the same question:Read More
Welcome to another installment of “Ask an Orvis Fly-Fishing Instructor,” with me, Peter Kutzer. In this episode, I demonstrate how to correctly set the hook when you’re fishing for trout and other small fish and when you’re stripping a fly for saltwater species or freshwater big game. The way you set the hook makes a huge difference in your success rate, so knowing the correct . . .Read More