.......................  ......Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park


The Basics: Presentation - Part 1
I used to get confused when I would read something about presentation and
then something about casting. For a long time I just thought it was two words
used for the same thing. Everyone would say the that presentation is far more
important than the fly. I would always be polite, nod my head and think, that is
like saying which is most important in a Nascar event - the driver or the crew.
Neither would win a cent without the other, so I always considered that a fairly
stupid statement. It takes a fly the trout will eat and it takes a cast to put the fly
in the right place.

I went fishing with a young man who ask to fish with me one time who was
considered a great fly caster. He guided elsewhere in Montana but didn't seem
to stay very booked. He was always demonstrating rods, casting at fly shows
and was considered a very good fly caster by everyone that knew him. I thought
he wanted to fish with me to help me with my casting. I figured he had seen
some of my videos and thought I was a lousy caster. I have never worried a
great deal about getting a small trout fly to travel a 100 feet. Angie though he
just wanted to be on camera.

We fished the Firehole River in Yellowstone. Angie agreed to run the camera
while he was fishing with me. We started downstream a ways not far below
Biscuit Basin. Little Pale Morning Duns were hatching but not very well. They
would just come off in little waves it seemed. I mentioned trout feeding on some
in a smooth section of the stream and ask him to take a shot at the rising trout.
As we were approaching the trout, he stripped way short of where I would have
cast from, stripped out some line and made a beautiful cast that feel just
upstream of the trout. The fly began to drag right through the area the trout
were rising in. He made a few more cast but didn't get a take. Ea\ch time his
leader would be straighten out and the fly would instantly start to drag across
the surface. I didn't say a word.

In a few minutes the fish began to rise again and he said it was my turn. I walked
slowly up to about thirty feet from the trout, made a half bad reach cast and
didn't get a look but my fly didn't drag. It just missed the target. I cast again and
brought in a twelve inch rainbow. I released the fish and told him to take his turn.
He walked up closer than he did the first time, almost to where I was, made a
easy tight loop cast and the fly did the exact same thing. He didn't catch a trout.
After about an hour and a few trout for me and none for him, he asked to see
my fly. I didn't have the courage to tell the young guide he had a big problem
with his cast.