“The great charm of fly-fishing is that we are always learning.”
~ Theodore Gordon
The above quote is from the man many consider to be the father of American dry-fly fishing. Fisherman and writer Theodore Gordon, more than the typical angler, knew that fly fishing is part art and part science. One may feel that he or she can intuit good fly fishing but practice and guidance from others are the best ways to achieve proficiency when fly fishing in Argentina. They are also the best ways to catch more fish. So, with that in mind we would like to list some common casting errors and tell you how to go about fixing them.
- False casting too often: False casting too much can spook fish which can make you far less productive. Limit your amount of false casts by allowing the rod to fully load on your back casts. This will result in a faster line speed and enable your fly to shoot forward.
- Tying bad knots: Learn to tie knots. A properly tied not will decrease the chances that a trophy will elude you. Read guides, watch videos and practice, practice, practice.
- Double-hauling improperly: Double haul fly fishing is a crucial skill to learn and develop for those who desire to fish in saltwater. The mistake many make here is that they leave their hauling hand at their hip prior to casting. As a result of this, the angler finds himself mostly pulling against slack. The trick is to haul hard enough into the backcast that the line will have some momentum flying through the guides in a backward direction.
- Fishing the wrong spots: In order to become a productive fisherman you have to learn to detect where fish hang out the most. This takes practice and the ability to read the water and scan for fish.
- Casting with a limped wrist: Many anglers roll cast in a style that is designed for wooden rods. Today, with graphite rods beings more common, this style of angling is inappropriate. The solution here is to adopt the Spey caster’s “dynamic roll cast” or “Single Spey” technique. A video which shows that technique can be found here.
The important thing to remember is that the quest to master fly fishing is an ongoing journey. Even the experts fall prey to these mistakes and others. However, if you are open and honest with your abilities you will be one step ahead of your peers. Join your peers at our compound for fly fishing and Argentina wing shooting this year.