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


The Basics: Presentation - Part 7
So far, I have written about many factors involved with the presentation of a fly
without actually getting into the physics, or I guess you could say, the mechanics
of how it is done. I went over and over the importance of accuracy and of getting
slack in the fly line, leader and tippet. We went into leader and tippet lengths
and sizes and discussed drifts to a trout feeding on the surface. In these next
few segments, I will get into the actual cast.

There have been many books written about casting. There have been several
videos produced about it. As mentioned before, these aids along with all the
teaching and fly fishing schools all put together cannot possible teach you to
cast without practice. That's what it gets down to. I went over that before, but I
want to mention it again because everything I mention these next few days is
worthless unless you actually get out on the water, or a grass lawn, and practice
the cast.

Certain types of cast help you present a fly to trout under the varying conditions
of the water, the surroundings of the stream or lake, the light on the water, wind,
current and other factors.
There's no certain way to make a cast. There are
basics of how you get the fly line to unroll and go where you want it to go, but
there are no rules. I hate (and that is a very bad word) it when someone says
"He or she sure does cast pretty". What the heck does that mean? The best
cast of the day may be the one that almost hits the ground behind the person
casting, or bounces of a bush, for that matter. It doesn't matter if you stand on
your head and cast through your legs, if you can get the fly where you need to
get it, you have made a good cast. I just don't understand the word "pretty" as
applied to casting. Many it means someone stands at a water tank at a fly show,
or swimming pool in someones back yard, and effortlessly rolls out a tight loop
that floats across the water and lands like a feather. When Angie makes a cast,
it is a pretty cast. She is a very pretty lady.

First of all, no one said a cast should be made overhead. That may be the most
accurate way to make one and the easiest way to make a cast, but
it may also
scare the very fish you are trying to cast
. A nine foot fly rod waved in the air
above a six foot tall man is a "pretty cast" for the trout to spot. A sidearm cast
may be far better under some conditions. That also goes for any cast made
anywhere in between directly overhead and a side-armed cast.

The first cast I will mention, the roll cast, is probably the easiest one to make
and is certainly one of the most underused ones. Just about everyone uses it to
get out enough line to make a long cast. I don't know if it is a pretty cast or not,
but I do know it will catch a trout just as well as any other cast, provided it places
the fly where it needs to go in the right manner. I will get into that tomorrow.