Tampa Bay Fly Fishing Club



Casting tip no. 87

Do You Ever Chuck and Duck?

I walked into a fly shop recently and the owner was putting a used sink tip fly line on a new reel as a customer watched. I asked the client if he used this sink tip line a lot. He said he did using the, "Chuck and Duck," casting method. His cast was the, "Chuck," and his movement needed to prevent getting hit in the dead was to, "Duck." He was a fresh water trout fisherman, often fishing rivers. He said once he survived the short cast, he would feed line to lengthen his water coverage. I asked what he would do if the fish was 40 or 50 feet away. His response was,"That fish will die of old age." Casting this line, especially with weighted flies, the same as you would a floating line spells disaster. Learn a Belgium or Continuous Tension cast as well as slowing things down and opening your loop a little to cast this setup well and safely.

Capt. Pat Damico Text Box:

The Double Haul: I watched a Youtube video on fly casting and noted there are many great videos out there. I encourage you to check them out. One instructor suggested practicing your double haul technique with repeated false casts. Work on your rhythm and timing and get the feel of carrying the line in the air with a smooth forward and backward motion. After your first haul practice moving your left hand back to the reel to be ready for the second haul. As you cast back and forth your left hand will move in an oval path to and from the reel to maintain the line in the air. Effective hauling is simple with good timing and will make your casting effortless with a little practice. If you need help with this, please ask at any meeting and we will provide instruction.

Walt Durkin Text Box:

Random Thought from the Tying Bench

By C.W. “Don” Coleman

•Bamboo Fly Rods with metal ferules and two tip sections--and Medalist reels.
•Double tapered fly lines with letter designations such as HGH that had to be hung on streamside bushes to dry and be dressed with floatant several times a day—a time to relax and eat lunch.
•Willow creels with a pair of beautiful trout lying on a bed of ferns—“Keepers”.
•The beautiful streams in the uplands of the Endless Mountains—Solitude and peace.
•Patching rubber hip boots with automobile inner tube patches—The Robins are back.
•Struggling to cast 60 feet and learning to cast with your elbow at your side.
•Forest trails to that secret spot--Trilliums and Skunk Cabbage and Red Winged Blackbirds.
•Climbing over ice flows on opening day to reach open water and hot coffee from a thermos and dipping your rod in the water to melt the ice on the guides so you could cast again.

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