Wherever you’re fishing on the flats, getting your cast out there quickly will greatly improve your chances of hooking that fish. Shooting line not only into your forward cast, but also into your backcast, helps minimize false-casting and enables you to put that fly right on that fish, real quick.
Josie Sands, Andros South guide extraordinaire, offered this gem last week– “Hey mon, you ever shoot line into you backcast? It works upwind.” Think about that for a minute, and it makes a lot of sense. If you’re casting upwind, the wind helps load your backcast, and allows you to shoot a bunch of line in the backward direction. You may have a hard time lengthening your cast on the forward stroke due to the wind in your face, but you can shoot to your heart’s content on your backcast.
Try it, mon.
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