Sunday, June 24, 2018
and down the bank and caught a small Red or two, a small Sheepshead, then William put a nice sized Seatrout in the boat -keeper size - but all fish caught today were released.
Our next stop was back at some docks at Seymore's Pointe, pitching up to the dock pilings with jigs. The two anglers landed a couple of Croaker, a couple of Black "puppy" Drum and another small Redfish. We worked some oyster beds in the Nassau then came back to fish some rocks at Seymore's Pointe, here fishing a float rig. George was working the float good and soon hooked up with what I thought was going to be our first big Mangrove Snapper of the year. When his drag began to rip, I thought surely it was just loose, but it turned out that this was a bigger fish! George worked it patiently to the boat and landed a Slot sized 22" Redfish!
We ran thru Horse head, fished the "bank" with float rigs to wrap things up. William tangles with a high flying Ladyfish and George put a couple of more Trout in the boat. Even though it was in the middle of Summer and in the middle of the day, we caught fish, and we weren't working! So we counted it as another great day to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida
Friday, June 22, 2018
while Blake and Miles began to fish jigs off the stern and we may have had a nibble or two then Blake hooked up and "knocked the skunk off" when he landed a fat Seatrout.
We crossed over to a submerged sandbar with all three anglers tossing jigs and it wasn't long before both Blake and Miles had hookups - we had a double! Blake reeled in a feisty Redfish while Miles landed another Seatrout.
After running thru Horshead we made a stop at a likely dock and
We made a brief jaunt down to Broward Island. Miles hooked up with another Seatrout on his first cast - it hit just as his bait hit the bottom, but he wind was picking up, the current was still strong, and the fishing was really difficult. So we ran back to Seymore's Pointe and out of the wind and finished up when Miles caught a Flounder. We had a good variety of fish caught so we counted it as another great day to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.
Thursday, June 21, 2018
After running thru Horsehead we made a stop at some rocks at Seymore's Pointe, drifted the float, and again, no bites. Knowing that we had high water for a while, I thought it'd be a good idea to try Christopher Creek. After the short run we were tossing jigs and shrimp to the dock pilings and rocks. Mike noted that he had a bite or two, then he had strong bite and BAP! Leader broke! But Mike kept at it and finally, BOOM! Big Fish On! I thought it was odd that the fish boiled to the surface in 10" of water so quickly and even as quickly as Mike worked it to the boat. But when we saw that it was a huge Redfish I knew that the battle had just begun! Sure enough, the big fish began to make some surges to the bottom, but Mike kept the pressure on, working the fish left to right to left and he soon wore him out and landed an oversized 27.25" Redfish, boy what a fish! After pictures the fish was gently released to swim back to the depths. (All fish caught were released).
We worked the banks for a while, had some bites, landed another Slot Redfish, then moved on out of there before the tide dropped too much. We made another pit stop at the rock of Seymore's, had a few nibbles, and caught one "baitstealer" then we moved on down the Nassau River to fish some banks that were now beginning to expose oysters.
Mike was still tossing the jig rod, up current, and after one particular cast, hooked up and landed a fat Seatrout. He later tangled with a high flying Ladyfish. We had been keeping our eyes on the dark thunderstorms to the north of us and had having sprinkling rain for the last hour, but we never did get really wet, so as we headed in, we counted it as another great day to be fishing here at Amelia Islands, Florida.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
We moved on up to some docks at Seymore's Pointe and again, we had some good action. The duo landed a good handful of small but feisty Black "puppy" Drum, a couple of Croker and, a Catfish. We hit Bubblegum Reef briefly, picked another Catfish or two, another Croaker, and a golden colored Seatrout, then bounced over to the rocks at Seymore's to try our luck with float rig. The tide was still going out and although these anglers were making excellent casts, we had no luck.
Our final stop was down at Broward Island and boy was the tide down....and STILL going out! The water was a clear Coca-Cola color and almost all of the stobs were exposed. We worked almost the entire island, bait was everywhere, but we didn't have much luck. Although the bite slowed as the day warmed, we had some really good action early so we counted it as another great day to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.
Monday, June 18, 2018
all so a boil, his float disappeared, and Fish On! The fish came deep, Jeff's drag ripped, and we had a battle on our hands! Jeff played the fish patiently and soon landed a nice 22" Slot sized Redfish!
We moved down the river and fished either side of Snook Creek. We had nibbles here and there then Jeff reeled in a large Gar Fish, then he battled a high flying Ladyfish. The tide was getting up and we had one more stop to make before we began to check the marsh for flooding so we made our way back to the outside of Tiger. Jess made a cast forward to some submerged oysters, her float disappeared and...no fish! But she was not to be denied and went back to the same spot and BOOM! She had a hookup! Jess played the fish perfectly and soon landed a keeper sized Seatrout (All fish caught today were released). Then Jeff had a strong hookup and his drag began to sing. And Sing. And Sing. Big Fish on! But Jeff was up to the task and after a long battle, landed a big 4' Bonnethead Shark.
We then began to check the marsh and even though the forecast called for a 7.0' high tide, there just was not enough water up in the grass. We checked 3-4 areas but it wasn't to be. We finished up fishing Bell River and here Jess hooked up with another nice Seatrout. Although we didn't have a chance to target tailing Reds, it was still another great day to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.
Sunday, June 17, 2018
Our next stop was up at Jolley Bank and after easing along, tossing up current with jigs and live shrimp and working a float rig out the back, we hit a "hot spot". Kevin put a big Seatrout in the boat, Jake added Redfish, then Tom had a strong bite, and Fish On! He played the big fish patiently and when it ripped drag a few times we know he had a nice fish on. And when rolled we know it was a big Redfish! After a good battle, Kevin netted the 23" Slot Fish. We tangled with a couple of Ladyfish, added another Seatrout then moved on up the River.
Fishing Snook Creek, we didn't get a whole lot of bites but when Jake's float slowly went under, he lifted the rod to set the circle hook and caught a nice keeper sized Flounder. We went back to the outside of Tiger and fished the edge of a flooding oyster bed and BAM! Multiple hookups quick. Jake and Kevin landed Seatrout, once of which was of keeper size, Tom battled a Ladyfish, then he had a real battle with a Bonnethead Shark, then, like someone turned a light switch off, the bite was gone.
We made one final stop back at the mouth of Tiger and even though there was a lot of bait movement there wasn't much action, until Tom caught one last fish, a keeper sized Flounder. It took all trip but we slowly put together a "mess" of fish so we counted it as another great day to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.
Friday, June 15, 2018
The tide was still somewhat low so we ran down to Broward Island, fished the north end with jigs, then moved down to the south end and fished the logs. Tim had a hookup - dang it - just a Toad Fish - but we kept working the bank, tossing up current, and it paid off. Tim had a strong bite and we knew it was big when the drag began to rip. He played it perfectly and we soon landed a big Seatrout that was just shy of 20" -now that's a nice fish! And shortly after that David hooked up and he too put a keeper sized Seatrout in the boat. We did land a small Redfish along the bank.
Our next stop was up at Pumpkin Hill, drifting float rigs and shrimp along the marsh grass. David got hot, landing a Bonnethead Shark and a big Ladyfish - the "poor man's Tarpon". We had another couple of small Reds and a small Seatrout. We fished Christopher Creek for a bit with jigs -and again, a small Red, then called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.
Thursday, June 14, 2018
This did the trick! Jacqueline began to get some fish - a couple of hungry Seatrout, a small but feisty Redfish, and even a persistent Blue Crab! Justin added a nice Whiting to the catch. After moving around the point and switching Justin to a Jig and shrimp combo, he had a strong hookup and, Fish On! He played it patiently and soon landed a nice 2' Bonnethead Shark.
The tide was up so we ran over to Christopher Creek and both anglers were now tossing the jigs. Again, we had a strong bite, and the drag began to rip. Justin kept the pressure on, worked it in slowly, and put a Slot sized 21" Red in the boat.
Our final stop was at Seymore's Pointe to check for Mangrove Snapper, but they just haven't arrived. What a crazy Spring we had. But we caught some fish earlier so we counted it as another great day to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
We buzzed further up the Nassau and to Pumpkin Hill and this did the trick. Tim "knocked the skunk off" when he landed a hungry Seatrout. Then Cody's rod got hot and he caught a couple of Black "puppy" Drum, a feisty Redfish, and a Ladyfish that wasn't so "high flying". Tim fished long and picked up a good keeper sized Seatrout before we moved on.
After dipping into Christopher Creek we went to jigs and shrimp
and now all three anglers got in to the action. BeBo and Cody teamed up to reel in the biggest Redfish of the day - a six spotter - then BeBo, after making an excellent cast to the marsh line, hooked up and, Fish On! He worked the fish patiently to the boat and landed a nice Black Drum.
We fished some docks at Seymore's Pointe, then ran thru Horsehead and fished the mouth of Jackstaff, but the sun was up, it was getting "warm", so we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
After running thru Tiger we pulled in on the outside of the Island
and boy were things hopping! There was a Sheepshead tailing by some sparse grass and on down the line a big 'ole Redfish tail was flopping around. The trio "got to it" and started catching fish! Chuck had a strong hookup - one that was ripping drag - but this fish didn't get big by being dumb! It pulled right under the boat and down into the oysters and BAP! Fish off! But Chuck went back to the grass and pulled out a nice feisty Redfish. Matt stayed on fire the entire trip. He put the first 3-4 "keepers" in the boat. First a big
We made a pit stop at a large marsh run out and pitched some jigs and mud minnows on the now outgoing tide. but had no luck. Our next stop was way up the Jolley River and again Matt came thru when he hooked up and landed a big 22" Slot Redfish. After battling a 4' Shark on light tackle we made our way along the bank. Somewhere along there we caught a Black "puppy" Drum and another Red or two.
Jolley Bank was looking good so we eased along it. The oysters still were not showing so we stayed with float rigs. Matt put another Slot Red in the boat and Chuck added a keeper sized Seatrout. We had some good bites along the way and landed another couple of feisty Reds.
Our final stop was back at Tiger, fishing the logs, and here Buddy got on the board with a Redfish catch of his own. It was a great day to get out on the water and do some fishing with friends and family here at Amelia Island, Florida.
Monday, June 11, 2018
After fishing that spot a while we moved down
the Nassau River to fish some marsh runouts on the outgoing tide. We had stayed with float rigs but the minute Mike switched to a jig, he picked up a hungry Seatrout! We had some strong bites that broke the leader at the 2nd runout but it was the 3rd that heated things up. Jim picked up a couple of fish quick - a feisty Redfish then a hard fighting Jack Crevalle then Mike had good bite, his drag began to sing and, Fish On! Mike played it perfectly and after a good battle landed a 22" Slot sized Redfish. Only seconds later they both had hookups - we had a double - and they both reeled in some nice Reds.
The tide had gotten down so we went back to Seymore's to fish some dock pilings and here Jim found a "honey hole" loaded with Black "puppy" Drum. The fish were only 12-13.5" in size, but were fun to catch. Mike was able to inch over and pick up a few Drum of his own. We moved over one dock and found a keeper sized Flounder out deep, which was a bit unusual.
Our last stop was at my traditional Mangrove Snapper hole but they still haven't made it in yet, so we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.
Saturday, June 9, 2018
After dropping back to fish the mouth of Jackstaff, we worked the bank thoroughly, we
We ran thru Horsehead and around to some docks and set up-current from the pilings. Penny and Jeff were both dropping their jigs up near the pilings and it paid off. First, Jeff had a strong bite and, Fish On! It was a ripping drag and digging deep but Jeff kept the pressure on and slowly worked it to the net, a nice 22" Black "puppy" Drum. Then the duo landed a couple of Redfish, one of them being in the Slot, then Penny reeled in a fat keeper sized Flounder, giving them an Amelia Island Grande Slam of Seatrout, Redfish, Black Drum and Flounder.
Our next stop was some rocks over at Seymore's Pointe but we had not luck so we ran down to Broward Island and fished the logs on the last of an outgoing tide. We wrapped the trip up catching three small Redfish, another Black Drum and a Seatrout. It was a great way to finish up a good day of fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.
Friday, June 8, 2018
We bounced around and into the Jolley River, fished some just-exposed oysters with float rigs and live shrimp and boy did things heat
up! Penny got things going when she hooked up and landed a feisty Redfish then both anglers were catching fish, and nice ones at that! Jeff was fishing the stern and letting his bail stay open, he was able to get a good, long drift along the shoreline and, BOOM! Fish On! A Slot Redfish. Penny was fishing the bow and tossing up current to get her drift and, BOOM! Fish On! A Slot Redfish. We ended up culling a couple of the smaller ones after we reached our limit.
Then Jeff had another strong bite, a hookup, and he commented that the fish was shaking it's head, a tad bit different feel than the Redfish. Sure
enough, Jeff landed a big 19.5" Seatrout. We caught and released couple of undersized Reds, an undersized Black "puppy" Drum then when the bite fell off, we moved on up into the Jolley. There was plenty of bait action at the MOA, but we had not takers.
The tide had hit bottom back nearer Fernandina so we ran back and fished the logs of Tiger. It was perfect conditions, the right tide, but the sun was up and the heat was on! Penny did hookup with the only Flounder of the day, but true to its nature, it thru the hook right at boatside.
Although the fishing was slow early and late, we had some really good action in between, so we counted as another great day to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida
Thursday, June 7, 2018
We dropped back and fished a stretch of shells and here young
Logan "knocked the skunk off" when he hooked up and tangled with a "poor man's Tarpon" - a Ladyfish. I normally say it was "high flying" but I don't think it jumped once! We moved up 75 yards, fished another outflow, then decided to continue west and fish some docks at Seymore's Pointe, and this did the trick.
Everybody was catching fish! I think they all landed at least one Black "puppy" Drum, with Grady leading the way, then Carter had
Our final stop was down at Broward Island and we fished almost the entire stretch. Clay and Carter landed some small Redfish, then Clay and Grady had a double hookup. Each played their fish perfectly and landed them. Clay had a hungry Seatrout and Grady had a Redfish that was just smidgen undersized so both were tossed back. With the Black Drum, Seatrout, and Redfish, they had an Amelia Island Back Country Slam. Finally, Clay had a good hookup and we could tell this was a bigger fish. He worked it to the boat and Grady netted the nice 18" keeper sized Seatrout.
We had a lot of action and it was such a beautiful day, we counted it as another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Our next stop was back around at Tiger, thru Tiger basin, and around to Bell River, again fishing with float rigs. Wyatt picked up a feisty Bonnethead Shark here, but other than that, no real bites.
The final stop was back at the outside of Tiger and with 15 minutes to go in the trip, the fish "catching" heated up considerably! Jody began to hookup with Seatrout, one after the other. His two young anglers jumped in and helped reel a few in, net a few, release a few and we caught fish until we ran out of bait. Although the first handful of Trout were "shorts", they seemed to get bigger as the catching went on with a few making it into the keeper sized range. It was a great way to wrap up a nice fishing trip here at Amelia Island, Florida.
Monday, June 4, 2018
I had met Allen Richardson and his grandkids Anna Claire and Walker down at the south end ramp and we headed up the Nassau River to make a first quick stop at an oyster lined bank on the last
Our next stop was up at some docks at Seymore's Pointe and this made all the difference. Once this trio started hooking up we had non-stop action for about an hour. They all three put Black "puppy" Drum in the boat with one or two being right at keeper size (all fish caught today were released) and then Walker landed a couple of Slot sized Redfish. When the bite finally slowed, we ran down to
The tide was still going out up here and not much was biting until both Anna Claire and Walker went to the same spot. Walker pulled out a nice keeper sized Sheepshead and Anna Claire hooked up too...had a good fight...the drag ripped...and fish off! Ouch. We dropped back to Seymore's Pointe, fished some rocks to no avail, then ran around to Jackstaff.
We were working the bank slowly on an incoming tide and it was Anna Claire who struck first. Her float had disappeared, she lifted the rod and set the hook and, FISH ON! Anna Claire worked the fish patiently to the boat and landed another nice Slot Redfish. Then Walker hooked up and he too landed a nice Red, the biggest of the day. Then Anna Claire was back at it. After an excellent cast to bank, again her float disappeared, and again, another Slot Redfish was landed.
We wrapped things up when Walker and Allen teamed up to subdue a huge Stingray, which we photographed and released. After a slow day yesterday, today was a great one to be out fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.
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Sunday, June 3, 2018
We moved around to another dock, fished the bank with float rigs, had some bites, then Daniel hooked up and, Fish on! He played it patiently to the net and landed a nice Slot sized Redfish. After fishing for a while and only getting nibbles, we made the run down to Broward Island. With a 9mph West wind blowing it seemed to be keeping the tide from coming back in. We had switched back to jigs, fished them deep and slow, but again, just nibbles. After fishing Pumpkin Hill briefly with floats, we ran back to Seymore's Pointe and picked up a hard fighting Black "puppy" Drum. One more stop over in Jackstaff produced nothing but.. nibbles...so we called it a day, rather slow, but still, a great day to be out on the water here at Amelia Island, Florida.
Saturday, June 2, 2018
We left and headed up to the Jolley River, fished the "bank" and had.....zero bites! Ouch.
Continuing on, we made a stop at the edges of Snook Creek. This edge was really looking good, but again, no bites, until finally, Paul's float went under, he hooked up, and landed a keeper sized Seatrout.
We buzzed back towards the island, ran thru Tiger and over to Bell River and fished some flooding oysters beds. Daniel had a huge bite, a good battle, one that ripped his drag and I felt sure it was a BIG Redfish but it got all the way on the other side of the oysters and sure enough, the 15# braid was sliced. Fish Off! But Daniel kept fishing the "hot spot" and he soon landed the biggest Slot Red of the day, and followed that up with another keeper sized Seatrout.
Our last spot was back near the boat ramp. Paul did battle with a big Bonnethead Shark then Daniel wrapped things up by putting the biggest Seatrout in the boat. We were also treated to a big Ray sighting! It was a beautiful day for father and son to meet up at Amelia Island and get out on the water for some great fishing.
Friday, June 1, 2018
Practice 1: Learn to get your fly line up in the air! You’re on the bow of the boat or you’ve waded out into the spartina grass and you see a tailing fish and you’ve got to get the line up in the air and make the cast. Learn how to make a “Quick Cast”. I like Joan Wulff’s method: Strip enough line out to reach the fish. Most of it is piled at your feet but leave about 15’-20’ hanging from the tip of the rod. Grasp the bend of the hook in your left (line) hand. With your rod hand also pinning the line against the rod, make a roll cast towards the fish and let the cast pull the hook from your hand. As it is rolling out, move your now empty line hand to the line, grasp the line, and make a good back cast. Now you’re ready to make the forward cast and shoot the line and fly to the tailing fish. You want to practice this so that you can make the cast with no additional false casting. Roll it out, make the back cast, make the forward cast and shoot the line to the fish.
Minimize False Casting Hey, it looks good on TV! But as mentioned before, that fly line casts a shadow and if you false cast two, three, four times over the fish it may sense something is up and again, sink, and disappear.
Capt. Lawrence Piper is a back country fishing guide at Amelia Island, Florida and a FFI Certified Fly Casting Instructor. Capt. Piper can be reached at www.TheAnglersMark.com 904-557-1027 firstname.lastname@example.org
When I mention to visitors that I offer fly fishing on my Amelia Island fishing charters they often reply, “where in the world would you fly fish in north Florida?” A lot of people equate fly fishing with the trout streams up north or out west but here in the North Florida area we have excellent fishing and taking those fish on a fly is a challenging option. Flood tide fishing for tailing Redfish, low tide fishing for backing Redfish, Seatrout fishing at night under the docks, and bream and bass fishing in our creeks, ponds and lakes are just a few of the great fly fishing opportunities that we have.
The Fly Fishers International is organization dedicated to the sport of fly fishing, fly casting, fly tying and conservation. Years ago, dedicated fly casters with the FFI set forth 5 principles for a good fly cast. They determined that many casters would have different styles of casting but in order to make a good cast they all would incorporate the same 5 principles. Just like any other sport, practice will make you a better fly caster. There are many fields and parks on Amelia Island where you can practice your casting. Use a piece of yarn as your fly and practice you casting on grass so that when you get out on the water you’ll be ready to catch some fish!
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Principle Number 1: Keep slack out of your fly line. As you accelerate your rod the weight of the fly line is going to put a bend in the rod causing it to load with energy. When you stop your cast that rod is going to unbend or unload and propel the line forward on a forward cast and backward on a back cast. If slack is introduced then the rod will not get its maximum load and the cast will be poor. One of the most common errors is starting the back cast when the rod is held too high off of the water – slack is between the rod tip and the water. Always get any slack out between the rod tip and the water before making your back cast. You can do this by holding your rod tip down at the water and stripping in any excess slack. Or you can perform a roll cast to get the line straightened out. Then begin your back cast with the rod tip down at the water and you will see that the rod immediately begins to bend or load as you accelerate back. Another area when slack is induced is between the line hand and the rod hand. Some casters will hold the line down by their side during the cast, rather than letting the line pull their line hand up towards the reel. When they begin their forward cast, the line hand is down by their side, and slack is induced. Another common error that introduces slack is called Creep. After making the stop on the back cast, some casters will “creep” forward before the fly line has a chance to fully unroll, then they will begin their actual forward cast. This introduces slack line in the cast and again, the rod will not get its maximum load and the cast will be poor. If you feel like you are creeping forward you may want to consciously insert a technique called Drift. Watch your back cast and after you have made your stop, “drift” the rod hand back even further until the fly line unrolls. You should begin to feel the rod getting heavier which indicates a good load. Now you’re ready to Accelerate on your forward cast… which we’ll cover in the next principle!
Principle Number 2: Smooth Acceleration. Your casting hand should accelerate smoothly during the back cast or forward cast, increasing in speed as your hand travels through the casting stroke to a crisp STOP. You can imagine if you just casually waved your rod back and forth – the fly line would never load or put a bend in the rod and no energy would be built up. The line would just fall to the water. However if you accelerate the rod through the stroke the weight of the fly line causes the rod to load and when you STOP the stroke the rod unbends or unloads and the fly line propels forward in a loop. The energy of the unloading rod is transferred to the fly line and the loop which carries your leader and fly along with it. Some of the fly casting guru’s call this a Speed up and Stop. Others call it a Loading Move and Power Snap. Just remember, if you use too little acceleration the fly line will not load the rod and you will not be able to form a decent loop, if any at all. On the other hand, if you accelerate too fast your cast will be all jerky and again, you’ll form poor loops and possibly a crossing loop because the rod tip dipped. The proper amount of acceleration will also help you keep the rod tip following in a Straight Line Path which is covered in the next principle.
Principle Number 3: Straight Line Path. The fly line is always going to follow the rod tip. The next time you’re out in the yard practicing, get 10-15’ of line out of the rod tip and then just wave it around, making figure eights and such. You’ll see the fly line goes everywhere the rod tip goes. The best way to get nice narrow loops with your fly line is to make your cast with your rod hand traveling in a straight line path to the target, and from the target. If the rod tip follows a domed or convex path the fly line will travel in a large arc and you will have wide loops. Wide loops are not ideal if you’re looking for accuracy or distance. On the other hand, if the rod tip dips or follows a concave path there is a good chance the end of the fly line will fall down and cross itself, creating what we call a tailing loop. A crossing or tailing loop will cause the cast to fail and may also tie an overhand knot in your leader! In addition to the paths of the rod tip, good loops are formed by keeping the rod tip traveling in the same plane and not swinging out and in when traveling away from the target and back. Depending on how much line you have out and how far you want to cast will help determine the length of your Casting Stroke, which is covered in the next principle.
Principle Number 4: Length of Casting Stroke. When a fly caster is making a short cast there will be a short amount of line out of the rod tip. Imagine standing in a small trout stream and your cast only has to be 15’ away. Your stroke will be nice and short, back and forth, almost like throwing a dart. On the other hand, if you’re standing in our North Florida spartina grass and have spotted a tailing Redfish 55’ feet away, you’ll have more line out and will need to open that stroke up to get that fly line moving. A good way to remember this is “short line, short stroke and long line, long stroke”. A more technical explanation for this is that with a short amount of line out, the rod bends or loads less and the stroke length will need to be shorter. With a longer amount of line out, the line weighs more and there is a greater bend or load in the rod. The casting stroke has be longer with the amount of line out in order to keep the rod tip traveling in a straight line path. You’ll now see that with the different lengths of line out there will be a need to time the Pause between the forward cast and back cast, which is the final principle to a good fly cast!
These five principles to a good fly cast are intended to help the fly caster get nice narrow loops, gain distance, be accurate, and present the fly to a hungry fish. Do your practice in the yard or in one of our fine parks and get your casting down so that when you get out on the water you can enjoy catching some fish!
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