duane_trout (1)The casting basics between styles of fishing are very different. Spin casting uses the weight of the lures while fly casting uses the weight of the line. Learning the different casts can take some time and a lot of dedication. Basic understanding of how to cast a line has a lot to do with understanding how a fly rod works. No one should set out on a Colorado fly fishing adventure without practicing how to cast a fly line.

Let The Rod Do The Work

A fly rod is flexible and helps immensely with casting a line. In order to learn the proper cast, you must not be afraid to bend the rod with the proper stroking motion. Do not try to muscle through a cast, fly fishing is a sport of finesse, not brute strength. The perfect cast is dependent on timing. Practice makes perfect!

Grip It and Rip It

The grip  has a lot to do with the overall cast. Your casting hand should be securely around the rod, and the thumb should be placed on the top of the rod grip. The butt of the rod should reach about ¼ way up your forearm. Proper alignment of the rod will dictate how well you cast the line. Different anglers debate on which angle is best to cast from, and here at Kirk’s Fly Shop we believe that you can cast from whatever angle is comfortable. All casting basics work for any casting angle, you just have to practice.

Practice, Practice, Practice

To begin, start with short casts and move up as you become more comfortable with the form. Aim is key! The line will follow the tip of the rod so be very aware of the angle in which you release. Within our next blog, we will discuss exactly how to create the perfect cast! When you have finally mastered the cast, your Colorado fly fishing adventure will be much more fun!