With a booming terrestrial season this year came the wind, and for many anglers, bushy dries and windy days become a chore. However, we have a few tips that YOU can use to help get that big bug out there where it needs to be.
- Slow down and pause that little longer for that wind resistant dry to turnover. Basic physics suggests that a bushy fly is going to move slower through the air than a smaller, more streamlined version, so pause that back cast to ensure your forward stroke begins under tension.
- Track straight. Ensure your back cast and forward cast align on a 180 degree, straight line path. You want parallel, efficient loops to ensure that every bit of energy from the rod is used to turn that big bug over.
- Lengthen that stroke. You will need to employ a longer stroke to remove all the slack from your cast, and to better accelerate that line. Think of it as a ball throw: on a short throw your hand only travels a short path. On a long throw your hand travels a much longer path to accelerate the ball.
- Stop. Accelerate to a crisp, complete stop to anchor that rod butt and allow the blank to unload. A lot of anglers slow their hand on the presentation cast believing it gives them a softer presentation... that may be true if they manage to turn the fly over and avoid the loop crashing onto the water...accelerate to a stop. Transfer that energy down to your fly and you will catch more fish.