How to cast a fly rod correctly

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Are you looking for the best method to cast a fly rod correctly? Fly fishing is the most common fishing method worldwide. Over the past two decades, Fly fishing has gained incredible popularity and has become on par with bottom fishing and float fishing that have been used since ancient times. In particular, fly fishing is aimed at catching predatory fish species.

catching predatory fish species , which means that a worthy battle with a strong and aggressive opponent is guaranteed during fishing. At such moments, not only the skills and experience of the fishermen are important, but also the quality of the tackle he uses. In addition, an important factor is the possession of tackle, Fly, in particular tackle casting, depending on which reel is installed on the blank. This is what will be discussed now.

Why is it important to be able to cast a Fly tackle?

Mastering Fly is an important skill that is sure to pay off for everyone who possesses it. Every fishermen needs to be able to handle a Fly rod and know some of the intricacies of the operation. In this case, we are talking about casting. It is necessary to be able to cast a fly rod correctly, as the success of the whole fishing depends on it. Correct casting allows you to deliver the bait to any promising fishing spot. In addition, the correct casting of the bait allows you to protect the fishermen from injury and fishing rod from breakdowns, which for a long time has not been a rarity with the advent of new types of reels, during the initial development of work with them.

Powerful reels require careful handling [/ caption] Proper handling of the tackle during casting will prevent the fishermen from not only losing material in the form of a broken rod or reel, but will also avoid the potential stress of untangling a thread on a reel or some other nightmarish knot in the fishing line.

How to properly cast a Fly rod with an inertial reel?

Casting a Fly rod with an inertial reel is not the easiest thing to do, and not all fishermen can do it. The fact is that the inertial reel has a number of distinctive features and also requires special handling. Let’s take a look at the main pros and cons of this line:

  •         Simplicity of the mechanism.
  •         Low price and availability.
  •         The ability to catch fairly large fish without fear of breakage.

Now let’s move on to the disadvantages:

  •         Difficulty of use (in particular, casting and handling it).
  •         The need to get used to this tackle, as well as training in its management.
  •         The appearance of a thread from time to time on the reel, even among experienced fishermen.

From all these statements it follows that casting a Fly rod with this type of reel requires training and precision. Although this reel is distinguished by its simplicity of operation and light weight, not everyone can use it for Fly fishing. Let us consider the main ways of casting bait with this type of reel:

Side Cast

Perhaps the side cast is the safest when using this type of reel. The thing is that the line will go softer with it than with the vertical and the possibility of creating beard is small. For this cast, the rod is placed perpendicular to the surface, lifting the tip slightly, 45-60 degrees from the water and then casting, gently releasing the previously held reel. The

side casting is suitable for inertial and non-Fly casts and reels [/ caption].

Pendulum casting

Unlike side casts, this one requires more skill and dexterity. However, it’s all much simpler than it sounds. To cast the bait with a “pendulum”, you need to release 45-90 cm of fishing line from the rod tip and place the rod vertically in the water, as in the case of the classic vertical cast. Then, you should swing the bait with smooth movements and when the amplitude of its oscillation has reached its maximum point, release it in the place intended for fishing.

How to cast a Fly rod correctly with a Fly reel?

The rotating reel is the most versatile and popular reel at this time. It is installed on both the feeder and the Fly rod. Its distinguishing features are ease of use, affordable price and functionality in many types of fishing. It is recommended to learn how to cast a Fly rod with a Fly reel. Thus, not only the ability to handle a rod will emerge, but also an initial understanding of the types of casts and the necessary foundation for learning casts with other types of reels. Casting a Fly rod with a Fly reel: the correct grip, the choice of technique and slow motion video: Let us consider the main advantages of Fly reels:

  •         Easy to use and operate.
  •         Large variety on the market and reasonable prices.
  •         Suitable for virtually any type of fishing.

Consider the disadvantages:

  •         When it comes to catching very large fish, not all Fly reels will be able to fit. In this case, preference should be given to the multiplier reel, which will be discussed later.
  •         A Fly reel is heavier than a Fly reel and a baitcasting reel.
  •         The reel has less line than inertial and multiplier reels, and is sometimes inferior in casting distance.

Although there are many controversial points, the Fly reel is considered one of the best and holds a special place in the hearts of many fishermen. Casting with its help is much easier to do, so we will consider the main types of casting:

Vertical casting.

This is one of the most popular and simple types of casting. It is with a rotating reel in most cases is carried out safely and successfully.

Correct grip [/ caption] It allows you to deliver the bait very accurately anywhere in the reservoir. To cast a Fly rod with the help of a vertical cast, you should stand in front of the water, open the arc of the drum, conditionally outline the place of casting with your eyes and, after swinging the fishing rod behind your head, cast the tackle, releasing the fishing line previously held with the index finger. Then, the bow is closed and the Fly rod is installed in the holder.

Casting from behind the head of the Fly rod: the maximum casting distance of the bait.

Another type of power cast is a cast behind the head. It relies on a strong head movement and a boot. Both the vertical and the behind-the-head cast are similar. But the difference is the latter is not good in an immobilized position. The whole body works here. You can connect your lower back, shoulders and also take a couple of steps forward for a better swing. This type of casting is casting the bait at very long distance, so one of the most important factors here is the strength and weight of the rig.

How to cast a bait-casting reel correctly?

The bait casting reel is a very difficult mechanism to use. It is for experienced fishermen who know how to handle complex implements. Moreover, this type of reel is not recommended for beginners. In particular, baitcasting reels is good to catch very large fish. Let’s take a look at the main pros and cons of this reel.


  •         Reliability and optimal weight.
  •         Capable drum.
  •         The ability to make long casts.
  •         Good sensitivity.


  •         Inconvenient to operate.
  •         Unpractical and also uncomfortable for hands.
  •         Priced quite high.
  •         Requires certain skills from the owner.

How to fish with a casting reel: correct casting and setting up a cartoon:

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As you can see, this reel is not suitable for everyone, but it is in great demand among fans of fishing for big fish. . Basically, this reel is very similar to an inertial reel, except for the complex mechanism of operation. Casting with this type of reel, as with inertial, side, pendulum, as well as fly fishing, if the tackle is not too heavy. many flyners, jig heads, silicon fish and wobblers weigh less than the same donkey rig in feeder or load form, so they will fly shorter distances. You can

  •         casting a Fly rod with a baitcasting reel using the fly fishing technique [/ caption].
  •         Casting in difficult conditions

Consider what types of casts will help the fishermen in different fishing conditions:

When fishing against the wind, you must understand that the trajectory of the rig will not be as accurate. It is good to have a fairly heavy rig, which is unlikely to be strongly influenced by the wind. The ideal type of cast here will be a cast behind the head or a classic vertical cast. A heavy load, as well as the right amount of force applied when casting, will provide decent wind resistance and the bait will cast to the right place..

Stages of working with a reel and line tree

You dont need a special recommendation when fishing upwind. However, it should be noted that a light bait is also suitable for this type of fishing, because when casting it will fly with the wind, and this must be taken into account. Therefore, it is not necessary to apply adequate force to cast.

Casting from under bushes or trees, or in conditions where there is little space, should be very carefully done. Since the fisherman has nowhere to turn and there are trees behind that interfere with many types of casts, the ideal option would be pendulum casting and catapult casting. These types of casts do not require you to mount the rod yourself. Simply place it in front of you and use the swing to make a cast. However, this technique does not allow you to cast the bait long distances.

Casting a Fly rig in difficult conditions can come from under the arm – side impact

How to make a long cast?

Here are factors to consider before making a long cast…

  •         You need to have a strong, reliable rig that can handle a heavy bait.
  •         The tackle to be cast must be powerful. In most cases, a powerful rig allows you to cast the bait farther, but this requires a good reel and line, as well as skill.
  •         There should be no wind or vegetation to interfere with the cast. You must also cast from a firm, level surface.
  •         You need to practice and be able to cast from behind the head and vertical cast, because it is these power casts that will help cast the bait as far as possible.

Common mistakes for beginners and tips for them.

Probably every fishermen has been completely inexperienced and made some mistakes. Here are some basic tips for beginners that will help them avoid many mistakes.

  • It is always necessary to check the rigging .The fishing line, reel and rods need special attention. These parts are the main and is the same in fishing just like what you’d have in hooks.


  • When casting, guide yourself by the rod tip or by objects on the opposite bank. For example, if you have chosen a spot in the water where you want to send your bait, and its direction coincides with some tree or bush on the opposite bank, then casting will be much easier. Concentrate on this issue and the cast will come out more accurately.


  • When launching from a boat, you must be very careful . A more convenient casting option is to sit vertically and  cast or with a pendulum. Care when fishing from a boat is incredibly important, as with a careless swing, the rig may snag on the boat. Or the fishermen himself may find himself overboard without calculating the strength of the swing.


  • It’s good to learn different types of casts in wide spaces that do not have extraneous vegetation, power lines or other objects that interfere with it. A large field or a spacious reservoir would be an excellent choice. Some fishermen learn to cast a Fly rod directly over the sea, because it is good to train casting distance there.


  • You should start fishing with simpler equipment . In this case, an unweighted Fly rod with a length of 1.8-2.5 meters and a Fly reel is the best friend of a beginner.


  • Many jig heads, silicon fish and wobblers weigh less than the same donkey rig in feeder or load form, so they will fly shorter distances. You should not look for the fault in the rod and reel and try more complicated fishing tools to cast far.


There is no need to chase scales and huge fish if you have not mastered the simplest tackle before. Fishing is an incredible pleasure that is within everyone’s reach. The fishermen decides which tackle to choose, but the use of each tackle requires experience, which comes only as a result of persistent learning.


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