PRE­SENT­ING YOUR FLY TO THE TROUT

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - KNOW HOW -

First, be­fore you cast, work out how and where you will land the fish if you hook it. Next, does the fish take flies more read­ily to­wards the bank and can you get your fly there? Watch sev­eral rises to see on which side the fish prefers to rise. The best ap­proach is one that keeps fly, leader and line in the same cur­rent seam to re­duce drag, and this of­ten means cast­ing up or down­stream to the fish, rather than cast­ing across the stream, to get the fly un­der the trees. Min­imise drag by get­ting close to the trout. If you need to wade to do this or to get a low cast un­der branches, move very slowly to avoid caus­ing waves. Long casts ad­versely af­fect ac­cu­racy, while cast­ing with just the leader out of the tip ring makes it dif­fi­cult to achieve the nar­row loop needed to project the fly into small spa­ces. We all have a dis­tance at which we cast most ac­cu­rately and it’s not al­ways the short­est dis­tance. Choos­ing po­si­tions that al­low you to cast with your op­ti­mum length of line will make you more ac­cu­rate. Roll-casts avoid snags be­hind the caster but can cause the leader and tip­pet to go high into the air, in­creas­ing the risk of tan­gling on branches. A side roll-cast gets the leader un­der the branches and si­mul­ta­ne­ously pro­vides slack line. When per­form­ing this cast the fly­line, leader and fly must float high if you are to avoid drown­ing your dryfly. Ap­ply floatant to the tip of the fly-line, the leader – apart from the last few inches of tip­pet – and the fly.

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