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The Basics: Presentation - Part 16 - Casting in Wind

Continuing with our windy cast, if you cannot move your position on the water to
improve your casting under the windy conditions, and the adjustments you have
made in the length of your leader hasn't solved the problem, there is only one
thing left to do - deal with it.

Casting in the wind is easy from a text book standpoint. Just lower your cast
down just above the ground and everything is fine. Seriously, most books will tell
you that is the way to solve the problem. I have found that isn't easy to do. I
have a difficult enough time casting at any elevation. Of course, when you cast
somewhat side armed, that helps lower the cast but it usually brings up more
problems with accuracy than it solves.

Although we don't really notice it, the wind is usually blowing harder the higher
you test it. There can be a difference between the wind velocity at fifteen feet
above the ground and five feet. My guess is that is has to do with the things
around you that blocks the wind, such as banks, trees, etc. I don't think it makes
much difference out in an open lake, or a saltwater flat for example.

We mentioned changing your position. That isn't always possible but if it is, put
the wind blowing towards your casting arm side of your body as mentioned
yesterday. If that isn't possible, put the wind behind you.

When the wind is blowing from your backside, you will need to lower your
backcast as much as possible, and raise your forward cast. Also, you will need
to slightly increase the force of your backcast. I find that a sidearm cast works
better in this situation than any.

Another way to deal with the wind at your back is to make a roll cast. That
eliminates the backcast altogether. Continued....