Anchored Fly Casting

Anchored Fly Casting

Bernd Ziesche | Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Traditional or Modern Spey style, Underhand style, Scandinavien style, Skagit style, Fulcrum style, Modern Ness style or whatever style you prefer, it all doesn't have to be as complicated as it may seem.

Whatever type of water - fast, slow or no current, you are going to fish, at any time you can:

- intend to slightly, significant or anything inbetween change the direction for the delievery of your fly. Or maybe you don't intend to change the direction and most probably get a slight change of direction anyway.

- cast long, medium, short or even very short heads.

- use heads providing a smooth taper or a more disharmonic taper in order to have most weight near the rod tip.

- use long rods or anything upto pretty short rods.

- shape a back loop looking like a D, V, U or anything similiar.

- move your rod pretty fast, much slower or anything inbetween.

- give your own style a truly fancy name (one that isn't already in the list above).

In the end I am pretty sure that the only thing that really matters is, that all styles will share the one key element:

A dynamic loop below the rod tip for the back cast, that anchors on the water, rather than a back cast that unrolls in the air behind.

A huge step was made on the river Spey many years ago and no matter where this art of flycasting may go, the essence will always remain.

I recommend learning to adjust your key movements (for example matching the size of arc) to the desired line speed, loop shape and trajectory you aim for.

Exactly like in all our fly casting I recommend to start learning to control a short line first and then increase the length of line to master additional control in your fly casting.

How to find the best fly casting instructors?

In long terms I always found the best help by those fly casting instructors not being fixed in one and one only style of fly casting but teaching how to control the intersecting key elements.

I wish you lots of fun to learn the art of anchored fly casting. It's a very usefull way of fly casting, which you can match to every tackle setup fitting your fishing situation best possible!

Great week to all of you!

All my best

Studying how to best avoid line slip when overhead casting line hand sided during the past COLD days. More to come about it soon!

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