PRESENTING YOUR FLY TO THE TROUT
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.