Fly Fishing

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The Art of Fly-Fishing Page 3


A very powerful method of getting one's fly out against a head wind is in swiftly raising the rod from nearly a horizontal to a vertical position and then down and away from one with a forceful switching motion. This throws the line up overhead and then downward and out in front of the caster, the line and the flies cutting through the breeze. This explanation is scarcely as plain as the diagram No. 4.

casting against a headwind

The underhand cast, as illustrated in cut No. 5, differs from the overhand in that the path of the fly on leaving the water instead of being upward, is brought back by the motion of the rod from position 1 to 2 about on a level with the reel, and on

Underhand cast

reaching its furthest backward point by the motion of the rod from positions 2 to 3, the fly sweeps upward, forward, and then down- ward to the water, as indicated by the dotted line, in a parabolic curve. Roughly speaking, while the path of the fly in the over- hand cast may be said to describe almost a figure 8 in the air, in the underhand method it moves in an irregular ellipse.

Rod positions while casting the fly

The switch casting shown in Figure No. 6 will be more easily understood by reference to the diagram than from the lengthy explanation which will be required to describe it. 1, 2, 3 and 4 show the various positions of the rod from the time the fly is on the water until the time it is just about to return to the surface.

The heavy lines show approximately the shape which the line assumes at the different positions of the rod, while the dotted line indicates the course of the flies which travel in the direction of the arrow points. The switch cast, when mastered is a method that enables one to get a tremendous amount of line out; it will also require considerable practice.

From American Game and Food Fishes. Jordan and Evermann.