To cast into a headwind consider these three Key Points:
- High Line Speed on the forward cast.
- Alter your trajectories so that the backcast straightens angled above the horizontal and in-line with your forward target.
- You need a tight loop on the forward cast.
Other key points to consider:
- In strong winds it is often difficult to shoot line, so you need to carry the line on the backcast. Longer belly lines are the preferred choice in this instance.
- Lines that have a greater density will cast easier into a headwind, so if you are fishing a floating line, then you can try an Intermediate line (depending on your fishing tactics of course).
- For gale force winds it is often better to tilt the casting plane to the side to present the fly leg of the loop at a shallower angle to the wind.
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