hitting the water
is not only a problem for those fishing from a boat but also those that wade to
waiste depth. As the fly comes forward for the forward cast, it splashes in the
water behind the caster.
caster thinks "It must be dropping so I'll use a bit more power" but
unfortunately, either it stays the same or even gets worse. So he adds more power
and we quickly see a vicious circle forming! The more he tried to fix it with
power the worse it gets.
the caster adds more power, there is inevitably more bounce of the tip due to
the extra power and this ends up throwing the fly line downwards on the back cast.
Without looking, the caster is completely unaware of this. he ends up with a loop
looking like this:
the power is applied for the forward cast the fly will obviously follow the path
the line does and so it travels forwards and down, hitting the surface.
fix for this is casting as if you were casting through two tubes. The back cast
should be back parallel to the surface and not over powered.
As always, if you have any questions Iím over in the Forum
Hutchinson is a qualified instructor with the EFFA and FFFUSA and AAPGAI Advanced.
He runs saltwater fly fishing Mullet with www.corporateflyfishing.com He
is a member of the board of the British fly Casting Club and has fished extensively
in many saltwater locations and specialises in saltwater fly fishing for Salmon