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Fly Casting REV Challenge: #5


“Fix your Back Cast: Direct your fly line.”


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Does your back-cast hit the water? Wish you could have your fly land a little softer and spook less fish? Use your thumb!

Your thumb can be used to direct your backcast… and the fly. If your thumb stops going down, the line will go down. If you point your thumb up, the line goes up. Simple.

The same is true on the forward cast. If you’re fishing for spooky bones in calm water, try a sidearm cast and turn your thumb “up” at the end. This will direct the fly line (and fly) up a the end of the cast and allow the fly to flutter down, as opposed to flipping over and splashing down.

HOMEWORK: Try directing your fly cast (and fly line) 1) down, 2) straight out and 3) up…. by focusing on where you point your thumb at the end of the cast. Practice until you can direct your flyline (and fly) at will.

Stay tuned as we pick apart some of the most basic fly casting errors, one at a time!

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