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The Basics: Presentation - Part 15 - Casting in Wind

Everything we have covered in the last few days assumed there wasn't any
wind. Wind can really handicap someone if they don't make some adjustments.
The best way to deal with it is to adjust your physical position on the bank or in
the water if that is possible. The worst condition for me is when the wind is
blowing towards my right side. I am right handed and when the wind is blowing
against the side of your body you are casting from it tends to blow the line back
into your body on the forward part of the cast. When you make the back cast,
the line is blown behind you and if the wind is strong, when you come forward if
you are not careful, you may catch your ear with the fly.

The best way to handle this is to move (provided it is possible and you can still
reach the water you need to reach) to where the wind is blowing from the
opposite side of your body. This may not be possible. If not, choose a head on
wind, or wind or a tail wind, one of the other. Select the direction that is best for
reaching the area you want to fish.

If you must cast with the wind to your casting arm side, use a side arm cast to
keep the line away from your body. Of course, shortening the cast helps a lot.

If moving is out of the question, the next thing to do is to consider adjusting the
length of your tippet. If you are using a long tippet, you may need to shorten it.
Wind affects a long tippet more than anything. Shorten your tippet and this will
help you turn the fly over easier.

In cases where the wind is fairly strong, and you are still having trouble, you may
have to shorten the overall leader length. If you have already shortened the
tippet, taking some out of the mid section would be the next option. Don't
shorten the butt portion. This will hinder your cast in wind.