Ed’s Tips: Casting Heavy Flies

By Ed Jaworowski

Heavy flies with cone heads, large beads, lead eyes, or lead wire around the shank affect casting aerodynamics.

The difficulty arises when a weighted fly must change direction.

By adjusting your stroke, casting large, weighted-flies can become an easy and thrilling approach to attracting big fish.
©Brandon Powers, Temple Fork Outfitters.

If you pause too long on the back cast, when the leader straightens, the fly will tug against the rod tip and bounce back, releasing the pressure on the rod tip. This creates slack, causes loss of control, and makes loading for the forward cast difficult.

Here’s how to eliminate the bounce, and smooth out the transition between rear and forward movement. With your rod off the vertical, perhaps at a 45 degree angle, make a long, smooth, back cast and, without stopping, come forward before the line straightens with the rod more overhead, tracing a long, smooth, elliptical path. This will eliminate the fly’s abrupt change of direction.

For a cool video from Finback Films on casting heavy flies and sink tips, check out: http://vimeo.com/7744950


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