The Curved Fly Cast and Private Waters
If you really think about it, all we’re actually doing during a fly cast is telling our weighted fly line what we’d like it to do, or where we’d like it to go. Once we get our fly line moving, our tapered leader and fly will happily follow. In most cases that means sending our weighted fly line in a straight path toward our intended target. This linear approach to fly casting is just fine, and it will allow you to catch fish in most settings.
There are however, situations where a linear fly cast just won’t work. Maybe there is an object (rock or tree stump) in the way, so there’s no chance to deliver your fly. Maybe a linear fly cast will result in “lining” and spooking your fish, as your weighted fly line lands directly atop your fish. There are simple options: You can change your position to create “line of sight” to your target and make your straight cast. You can also just move to another pool and continue happily fishing with your trusty, straight-line fly cast.
There is yet another option…the curved fly cast. Appropriately named, the curved cast allows you to curve your weighted fly line around physical obstacles and present your fly to an otherwise unaccessible target. But there’s more to a curved fly cast than just casting around objects. With just a bit of practice, you’ll soon begin to understand other hidden benefits to the curved fly cast.
For example, if you’re directly downstream from a trout and you don’t want to land your fly line or leader above your fish, you can curve your cast so that only your fly is presented to the fish. You’ll also have the ability to tackle tricky currents like you find in eddies. A straight-line cast into an eddie (with opposing currents) will almost instantly result in an unnatural drift of your fly. A correctly-crafted curve cast will position your leader and fly within the eddie, allowing your fly to drift naturally. Problem solved.
The biggest secret to mastering the curved fly cast is you’ll now be able to present your fly where other anglers can’t. In effect, you’ll be fishing private water…even on highly-pressured public water. Just watch the video for more detailed information on what’s necessary to make a curved fly cast.