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Fly Cast Friday - Fly Casting in the wind - the three L's

September 09, 2016 1 min read

Fly casting dealign with the wind casts that catch fish Carl McNeil

I get a lot of anglers and customers asking about our fly rods and casting in windy conditions. The short answer is that battling the wind has more to do with technique and skill than the type or action of the fly rod being used. 

Understanding how to deal with the wind is one if the most valuable skills a fly angler can learn. Getting comfortable casting in windy conditions will not only afford more success on the water it will open up a lot more fishing opportunities whether they be on the river or out on the flats.
Keep the three L's in mind:

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Fly Cast Friday - Simple Curves

September 03, 2016 2 min read

Curce casts with Carl McNeil Casts that Catch Fish Fly CastingAt times you’ll want to be able to throw a line around a corner – usually to get around an obstacle like a tree trunk or rock. And this is where your curve casts come in.   Now, there are many ways to throw curves, some easy and some hard – and those different methods also give different curves from long deep curves to short sharp curves – even right angles. In this lesson we’re going to cover the most straightforward method to make a couple of easy curves to the left and right side.

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Fly Cast Friday - The Tuck Cast

August 26, 2016 2 min read

Fly casting the tuck cast from Cast that Catch Fish fly fishing dvdThe tuck cast, or tuck mend is a great cast for getting heavily weighted nymphs or even streamers quickly down into the water column. If you’re fishing with weight the last thing you want is a tight line on the delivery - The tight line causes drag immediately and reduces the ability for the nymph to sink. If you could get the nymph to drop from the sky with plenty of slack behind it it’s going to sink much faster and drift far more naturally. And that’s exactly what the tuck cast does for us.

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5 tips to improve your fly fishing.

November 26, 2015 2 min read

5 tips to improve your fly fishingIts not just a matter of price, but unless you get real joy out of not spending money, a cheap outfit will not give you the pleasure a really good one will. And the pleasure of a good outfit is not imaginary, its physical.
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Macauley Lord

May 28, 2015 2 min read

Epic 580 fiberglass fly rodHere at Swift we get to build fly rods for some pretty interesting customers and from all walks of life. There are more than a couple of rock stars and at least one mega movie star (that we know of) out there casting an Epic fly rod, but the customers that give me the biggest thrill are those that teach fly casting.
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Yes we have no Bananas!

December 09, 2014 1 min read

Epic glass Bend fly rodGreat shots from Markus Haldin of You Name It in Finland. These guys are big supporters of our Epic brand and have been building some really tricked out rods.
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Castin' on Top of the World

May 26, 2014 1 min read

Epic fly rods fly casting on the roofA couple of great shots taken a while back by Cameron Mortenson from over at the Fiberglass Manifesto - I've been meaning to share them for many weeks, but have just been swamped  - so here they are.
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July 02, 2013 3 min read

  • Fly rod blanks tend to naturally want to bed more in one direction that another. This is caused by an effect called the “Spine” and often there is more than one on a blank. The spine is a result of the manufacturing process and is the location of the join or overlap of a graphite or glass flag as it is rolled around the mandrel.
  • Basically it is a slightly thicker section in the tube wall. This thick section is slightly stiffer than the rest of the tube and presents a greater resistance to bending. (Blanks that use helical wound construction tend not to exhibit a pronounced spine)


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April Updates

April 04, 2013 4 min read

 Hubless Fly ReelThe L U N A R Hubless Fly Reel

Like every project I've worked on so far - our films and DVD's included, I employ a pretty simple design philosophy. "Look at what everyone else is doing - and don't do that" The L U N A R reel certainly typifies that approach.

The L U N A R reel is a fusion of modern materials and classic design. The L U N A R  project has been an 18 month design partnership between myself and renowned fly reel designer Alex Kaplun -  we've looked hard at how trout anglers actually use a fly reel and have incorporated many subtle design features that (hopefully) will not be immediately obvious.

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Champ Cuts Cigarette in Two to Show His Skill With Fly (Oct, 1930)

May 17, 2012 1 min read

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1956 World Champion Fly Fishing Demonstration - Inspirational!

April 03, 2012 1 min read

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Simple Curves

May 29, 2011 1 min read

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