WORK WITH SHORT LINES
Casts of no more than 25 feet should be your goal as these make precision and accuracy casts easy to achieve. What’s more, with less fly line on the water your presentation is bound to improve with less likelihood of drag. In many instances, you might only have a couple of feet of fly line outside the rod tip and coupled with the leader our reach is a mere 15 feet or so. It goes without saying, take detection will be a lot easier now. Don’t agonise over alerting fish too much. So long as you move deliberately and without crunching stones underfoot, fish can be bewilderingly tolerant of our presence when we’re thigh deep in water. To help keep your casts at a manageable range it’s best to work with a fixed line. This means only peeling the desired length of line off the reel and locking it in place between the index finger and rod handle. Religiously doing this means you can’t physically cast any further. This encourages us to focus on the water immediately in front of us by fan casting (diagram 7). To explore fresh, untouched water, instead of extending line, simply take a pace or two in the direction you’re progressing (diagram 8).
Lock a length of line between index finger and rod handle.