Bruce Chard is back in video form today, with another bonefishing tip for your pleasure.
This might be the one skill that separates the ‘pretty new at it’ from the ‘really good’ on the flats – presenting the fly on your backcast.
Here are a couple of the highlights from Bruce’s video.
- Presenting on the backcast is one of the most important casts in flats fishing.
- It allows much more flexibility in which direction you can cast, without having to reposition the boat.
- It prevents you from having to cast across your body into the wind.
NOTE: If you’re viewing this in a newsletter or a reader, click here to learn about presenting your backcast on YouTube.
Bruce teaches bonefishing schools at Andros South every winter. Why not join him and learn some more?
Bill P. says
I remember walking the beach on Leaf Cay during my trip in February. My guide flushed a nice barracuda out of the shallows about 15 yards ahead of me. I did not have much time to react…the wind was wrong, the direction of my body was wrong, and the fish was going out to sea. A very quick, well placed back cast put the fly within 5 feet of that fish. It readily took it and the fight was on! That single event was one of the most memorable from the trip. Not because the fish was huge, because it wasn’t. It was the feeling of being able to quickly react to the situation and sealing the deal. If I took the time to turn my body before casting, I never would have gotten that fish.
Great story, Bill. I agree – those tough, quick shots can be really memorable!
Good work. When you back to town we should actually meet and have a cocktail. Say hey to Brucey for me.