Strangely this is the hardest
wind direction to deal with well. First I'll
explain how to deal with it then I'll explain
why it's so awkward.
On the backcast we must
cast below the horizontal, otherwise the wind
will get beneath the flyline and blow it back
towards the caster. It is essential, for
obvious reasons, to cast a tight loop on this
backcast. On the forward cast an open loop
is, not only acceptable, but also an
advantage (as the wind can get inside the loop and assist in carrying it out - it's a bit like a sail). The entire cast is tilted backwards and the angle of cast is made above
the horizontal on the forward cast.
The reason that this wind
direction is such a bitch, is because often
that low, tight backcast hooks the grasses
behind us. It is especially difficult because
a powerful cast has that tendency to
kick the end of the flyline downwards - the
only solution I can offer is to send a
horizontal loop into the backcast (a la
Belgian cast) or an upside down one (pendulum cast).
Obviously one key to the
efficiency of this cast to stick a late haul
into the backstroke in order to get that
narrow loop. If it's really windy there are
times when you just are not going to get your
hauling hand back up in preparation for the
forward haul. Under these circumstances the
only recourse is to make a very precise sharp
wristy-haul on the forward cast.
Under these circumstances the forward haul is not so important anyway. One instructor I know called this
the 'finger' haul. It's very useful for loch style fishing BTW.
As an aside:- there is a dam
where I do a fair amount of angling, and when
the wind is up for it, it can blow at you
both ways: over the top and in your face
(tight loops both ways and crossed fingers).