Bruce Chard, FFF Master Casting Instructor, veteran Florida Keys guide and instructor of bonefishing schools at Andros South, offers some tips today for casting in heavy winds.
“Casting in a heavy wind always presents fly line management issues, accuracy challenges and distance limitations for even the best casters in the world. I will share with you a couple of my views on how to increase your odds of your fly landing where you want it, when dealing with a heavy wind. There’s a lot we could cover on this subject, but I will just throw out the top few things that I believe are the most important to remember.
Capt Bruce Chard”
Davin Ebanks says
Most important when casting into the wind (or with a strong tail wind that wants to flatten your back cast) is STAY CONNECTED TO THE FLYLINE. Most casters load and unload a rod and that feeling of loading and unloading, of tension, no tension, then finding the tension again, is (for them) how a cast should feel. Thing is, soon as you lose contact with the line (say, feeding line back too quickly with the wind behind you or trying to shoot too much line into the wind), as soon as that happens the wind and gravity take over, destroying the cast.
Tight loops are great, but they aren’t mandatory for cutting into the wind. What IS mandatory is a tight line. You watch those Bahamian guides cast sometimes—with their big open loops—and they’re putting that line out there, wind or no wind: cause they’re tight to the flyline ALL the time.
Arnold Bohringer says
Prescott Smith has a good DVD out on this subject. The DVD is called “Taming The Wind”. Order from Charting Nature-$28.15
I HIGHLY recommend this DVD. It has changed my fishing forever and made me a much better and more relaxed caster. BUY IT and be a part of the revolution.
In fact, I put together a little review of it here: http://vimeo.com/12031031.
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