The Complete Fisher Forum Forum Index The Complete Fisher Forum
Social, Fly, Coarse and Sea Fishing with Fly Tying
 
 FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   Referral CenterReferral Center    CalendarCalendar    RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in   ChatChat    Fisheries DatabaseFisheries   Donate    RSS Feed
http://www.sølvblank.no

Casting in to a strong wind

 
Post new topic   Reply to topic       The Complete Fisher Forum Forum Index -> Fly Fishing Discussion -> Fly Casting
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
Daddy Long Legs

User is Offline


Joined: 09 Sep 2007
Posts: 96

PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2008 11:39 am    Post subject: Casting in to a strong wind Reply with quote

Most of my fishing is done on reservoirs with the wind behind me in a boat, or on rivers with lots of covers.
I am going to Belize in June and am a bit worried about casting in to strong winds. What do I need to do differently with my casting technique to get the line in to the wind?

Thanks

Richard
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Phoogle Map
Chris
Site Admin
User is Offline


Joined: 09 Apr 2006
Posts: 22846
Location: Surrey, UK

PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2008 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A couple of comments:
You need a higher tip speed and your loops need to be tighter.
Don't try and apply more pressure - you will end up pushing your casting hand down too far on the forward cast.
Bring your hand further back on the back cast and you can increase the push of the rod on the forward cast (in a plane).
A harder stop will also aid with turnover in to the wind.

Smile
_________________

Fish SKB - The Very Best Fly Fishing Tackle and Fishing Flies
Casting At Shadows - New Zealand and Christmas Island DVDs
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website Phoogle Map
beatnik69
750 Post Club
User is Offline


Joined: 30 May 2007
Posts: 782
Location: Northern Ireland

PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2008 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some people actually turn away from the water and cast into the wind so that the final backcast is the one which the let onto the water.
_________________
Born to fish, forced to Work!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Phoogle Map
ChrisNicholls
4,000 Post Club
User is Offline


Joined: 09 Apr 2006
Posts: 4548
Location: Surrey

PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2008 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll cast 'backwards' like you describe Beatnik if the wind is strong and onto my casting arm, distance suffers though imo.
If casting into a strongish head wind I will try to tighten the loops, cast a bit lower and try to put in a more abrupt stop, probably what I am supposed to be doing anyway Very Happy
_________________
"The measure of a good fisherman is not what he catches but how he enjoys the moment" - Richard Walker
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Phoogle Map
Randy Kadish

User is Offline


Joined: 05 Nov 2007
Posts: 13
Location: New York, NY

PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You might want to cast sidearm and keep your cast low to the water and under the wind. Also, I like to
cast parallel to the water so the wind can't grab the fly line.

A light loop also helps, as does good casting technique in general.

Randy
_________________
Still pursuing the techniques and spirituality of an ideal cast.
www.flyandspincasting.com
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
chuckfluffer
100 Post Club
User is Offline


Joined: 10 Apr 2006
Posts: 224
Location: Ashford, kent

PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 5:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Richard,

You need to tilt your casting plane from horizontal to high back/low front. Because the backcast is with the wind it is a lot gentler than the foreward stroke so you must drift the rod back a bit after the stop to increase casting angle to compensate for the extra power you are going to apply on the fc (or you will throw a lot of tailing loops).
Rotate and haul as late as possible \\\\\\/ >. Depending on the wind strength you may be able to do a controlled shoot (feed it through your fingers) but a lot of times you can't , you have to be realistic and cast within the conditions.

Linespeed rather than loop shape is the key thing.

Mike
_________________
http://michaelheritage.wordpress.com/
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
yella dug

User is Offline


Joined: 17 Dec 2008
Posts: 88
Location: edinburgh

PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

try making up a wf leader
good for turning over bushy flees in a strong wind
everyone has their own ideas on construction we go along this route
3ft 4lb 3ft 6lb 6ft 8lb two flees on 8lb section if its that windy wouldn't
put three on
play about with construction pre tie before trip,store on course rigs and use what suits best

also try to "punch" line out at end of cast...difficult to describe but comes with practice
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Randy Kadish

User is Offline


Joined: 05 Nov 2007
Posts: 13
Location: New York, NY

PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2009 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also, when false casting into a strong wind I use a short, downward haul.
(It's impossible to execute a long, upward haul into a strong wind.) On my presentation
cast I still use a long downward haul.

I shorten my overhang - less line out - and use shorter leaders.

Casting a sinking line also helps.


Randy
_________________
Still pursuing the techniques and spirituality of an ideal cast.
www.flyandspincasting.com
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic       The Complete Fisher Forum Forum Index -> Fly Fishing Discussion -> Fly Casting All times are GMT
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum

This board is protected by Phpbbantispam
Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group