BILL GAMMELS FIVE ESSENTIALS OF FLY CASTING
Bill Gammels 5 Essentials of Fly casting: An introduction.
These "5 Essentials" have become the foundation of all sound teaching and are the cornerstone of the Federation of Fly Fishers casting program. Beginner through to expert - If you have even the vaguest interest in improving your cast - these lessons are absolutely invaluable.Watch video
Fly Casting Essential one: Eliminate Slack Line.
"Ideally there must be no slack line within the system. The elimination of slack line is the most efficient manner in which to cast a fly line. Start with the rod tip low and the line straight..."
Fly Casting Essential Two: Timing.
"There is a pause at the end of each stroke, which varies in duration with the amount of line beyond the rod tip. The correct timing as always...Watch video
Fly Casting Essential Three: Vary the Casting Arc.
"There is a pause at the end of each stroke, which varies in duration with the amount of line beyond the rod tip. The correct timing as always..."Watch video
Fly Casting Essential Four: Power Application.
"Power must me applied smoothly throughout the casting stroke. Start slow, finish fast. Incorrect, or abrupt power application is the cause of a number of casting faults - the most notable, Tailing Loops"Watch video
Fly Casting Essential Five: Straight Line Path of the Rod Tip.
"In order to form the most efficient, least air resistant loops, you must move the rod tip in a straight line path - in both vertical and horizontal planes."Watch video
The Aerial Mend.
"The aerial mend places a large curve of slack in the line - valuable for casting over or around obstacles or dealing with large changes in current..."Watch video
The Bucket Mend.
"The bucket mend is similar to the Aerial mend but the slack is thrown in the vertical plane rather than the horizontal plane..."Watch video
Simple Curve Casts.
"At 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...."Watch video
The Pile Cast.
"What looks like the most basic slack line cast is actually quite difficult to do well. And it’s the Pile, or Puddle Cast. Also called the parachute....."Watch video
The Reach Mend.
"Of all the slack line casts this is the one that you’ll use most often, in-fact if you tend to present your fly side on and at an angle to your fish - (and I suggest you do) then you’ll want to use this cast pretty much every time you throw a fly..."Watch video
The Roll Cast.
"Although it is not a slack line cast, the Roll Cast really is a special cast – it’s the foundation of all Spey casts and once mastered it opens up a myriad of extremely effective casts for both the single and two handed rod...."Watch video
The Tuck Cast.
"The tuck cast, or tuck mend is a great cast for getting heavily weighted nymphs or even streamers quickly down into the water column..."Watch video