We've all been there before. You pull coils of line off your fly reel, grit your teeth, and tell yourself you are going to cast out as far as you can. There's maybe even a hint of competitiveness in there and the desire to out-cast your contemporaries at either side of you. But have you ever asked yourself what am I going to achieve with this cast? What am I aiming for?
It is a misconception to believe that casting further means more fish in the landing net. Granted, when the fish are rising beyond the realms of your casting range, it does help if you can smoothly and efficiently land your fly across the path of fish feeding. But here's the rub. By 'trying' to cast out further, you are discounting and spooking the fish that are within range.
|Focus on Good Technique|
Regarding fly lines and distance casting, unless you are competing in casting competitions, the line you want is a weight forward of some description - the clue is in the name. All the weight - the thickest part - is in the front section; not dispersed over a long length.
|Royal Wulff Triangle Taper|
fly rod into the line. To improve your distance, concentrate on getting the turnover correct then gradually try and extend your cast. Another factor in developing your distance is to use tapered leaders. A tapered leader will improve the transfer of energy from the fly rod, through the fly line down to your fly and will roll over and straighten out with greater efficiency and presentation.
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