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There are numerous casting techniques you can use when you go fly fishing. The important thing to remember is that it takes practice to perfect these casts. Check out the two below to get you started!
Grip: To be able to cast properly, it is necessary to properly grip the fly rod and reel and to control the fly fishing line and fly as you cast. The most common, comfortable and effective grip in fly fishing is to extend your thumb along the cork, pointing it toward the tip of the rod. Imagine you are holding the rod parallel to the ground with the reel down in its natural position. Your thumb should also be parallel to the ground as it presses against the cork while you hold the fly rod. Think of the rod as an extension of your forearm.
Back and Forward Cast
This is the basic first cast that every fly angler initially learns. This cast is great if there is plenty of open area behind you and when you need to move your fly further out into the water. You can even practice this cast on land in a backyard, park or open field.
This is a more advanced casting technique that is a great option if there isn't an open area behind you. This cast should be practiced on the water.