Fly Fishing Podcast on Leaders and Fly Casting by Harry Murray
In this months Fly Fishing Podcast I am discussing the many different leaders that I have designed and when I use these leaders. All of these leaders are hand tied knotted leaders which I prefer over the knotless leaders.
At this time of the year (late February-March) I use a Trout Nymphing Leader that has two Scientific Anglers Indicators on it. These cast smoothly and work well with my nymphs.
In the spring I use a Classic Leader (either a 9ft or 7 1/2 ft.) for my trout fishing.
The Bright Butt Leaders I use for my bass fishing from spring to fall. These leaders have a Scientific Anglers Indicator that I use for strike detection but also as a depth indicator.
The second part of this months Fly Fishing Podcast covers the many types of fly casts and a discussion on when and how to achieve the perfect cast.
Lazy S Cast
Roll Cast Strike
This is also the time of the year that many of you (myself included) like to hike into these remote areas and fish. I strongly urge you to be prepared before hiking into these remote areas. First, always have a map of the area you plan to hike/fish in your pocket or vest and keep it with you at all times. Second, I recommend carrying a Satellite GPS Personal Locator Beacon so that if you should fall or have a medical emergency someone will be able to find you. DO NOT rely on cell phones for maps or satellite service as many of these remote areas do not have cell phone service.
Many beginning anglers make much longer casts on mountain trout streams than is required. This robs them of accuracy and delicacy. Most of all it robs them of their chance of getting a drag-free fly drift.
I recently showed a group of beginning anglers how to preform my “Flip Cast”. In a few minutes they were all making perfect presentation casts.
Holding the fly in my line-hand I have ten feet of slack line hanging between the rod tip and the fly. I bend over and move in low and slowly to the spot I plan to make my presentation cast. The fly rod is help perpendicular while still holding the fly tightly in my line hand and retaining the ten feet of slack. I snap the fly rod forward and release the fly as the fly line rolls forward and presents the fly accurately to the target. You will be well pleased with the accuracy and delicacy you can achieve with my Flip Cast. Do not confuse this with a bow and arrow cast which lacks this accuracy.