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Hey guys,

I'm new to the sport and so far loving it but starting to get kinda frustrated as I spend more time cursing and taking out wind knots then catching fish! I've watched videos and read a few books but still can't seem to get my techniques down.. Going salmon fishing in a couple days and am pretty anxious about it so I'm hoping somebody here would be willing to come out for a few hours tomorrow night around Moncton and give me a hand and let me watch how you cast for a bit.

Don't have any money for a guide so I figured since you guys seem like a pretty good crew someone would be willing to help out!

Thanks!
 

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Did you check out some YouTube videos on how to cast. I did that last year and this year I am wind knot free and have actually caught and released a few trout on the fly. It is simple really. I would take soem timeto show you but can't tonight....sorry.
 

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Did you check out some YouTube videos on how to cast. I did that last year and this year I am wind knot free and have actually caught and released a few trout on the fly. It is simple really. I would take soem timeto show you but can't tonight....sorry.
I agree Youtube video's and alot of practice should do it.

However, If you never practiced in your backyard before you won't learn anything... practice is basically the key word of fly-fishing...you need to watch a few YouTube video's and then go try those techniques in your backyard for 30 min or so.. repeat the following every 2 days perhaps for a while, this should help for sure.

I probably practiced fly fishing my back yard more hours on my 1st year than I fished in the river


You can visit this link as well http://www.flyschool.net/
 

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Okay thanks guys I'm going tomorrow I will let you know how I make out and maybe someone can come out with me sometime next week if I'm still having troubles! Thanks
 

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while i can't help you much with the casting, other than to say go slower than you expect and fly size/weight should match the rod, or it can be trouble (ie: small flies=trout rod/4-5 weight, salmon or bass flies can take a heavier rod to cast well.)
try to pratice with no wind, it'll ease the frustration a bit!
another hint is to use fly with a broken hook when backyard practicing, either one that's lost it's tip from a rock when fishing or just use pliers/snips to cut the tip of the hook off. you get stuck less often!

however, i can help you with what to do on the water in between frustrated casting sessions: dabble.
dabbling is fly fishing without casting. it works easiest if you play out all the leader and a couple of feet of main fly line. you may actualy have to shorten the leader a bit, but try to avoid that - it will happen anyway as you change flies. what you do is work your way along the waters edge (streams are great for this), hold the rod up and out, and lower a fly on to the water, and lightly play with it on the surface, lifting it off a bit, letting it float then skip it back up, or with a wet fly, let it slightly drop, lift and tease it. this can teach you a lot about how the fly moves and what attracts fish becuase you can catch a lot of fish doing this. i often use a small white fly, gnats, black fly and small boombers and bugs. try to keep hidden/back from the edge/out of the sun/not casting a shadow on the water/blend in. it's simple fun fishing.

after you catch a few fish, you can go back with more inspiration to fly casting.
 

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I few things to consider, when you propel the line in either direction, as you move the rod, the tip and line don't follow immediately, the rod bends like a spring storing energy. start by moving your hand forward or backwards without bending the wrist, as you go in either direction as far as you can then bend you wrist to propel the line, pause tpo let the line play out to the end and repeat in the other direction. Failing to pause will make your leader snap like a whip and beats your fly to death. Continue this action slowly feeding more line out until you have enough out to reach your target.

That's the basic cast, there are many subtle actions that can help position the fly on the water to the best advantage for the water current condition.

Watch you back cast for clearance with the grass, bushes or trees behind you.
 

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Maybe a bit late, but here's what i find works well even for the best that's having a bad day casting...use your wrong arm. Switch arms and concentrate on the different stages of your cast, after about 5 - 10 mins switch back to your regular arm. It always helps me and now i dont have to worry about if i'll be fishing right or left handed pools:)
 
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