I haven’t taken up fly fishing for the same reason I don’t have a videogame console. The days are too short as it is. I don’t need another obsession to take over my life. This aversion to taking up fly fishing, though, should not be interpreted as a dislike of the sport. On the contrary, it fascinates the heck out of me! To me, it’s the chess of fishing… very technical, very cerebral.
In anticipation of picking up the sport, I like to read about it and dream of where I’d like to do it. On my bucket list is to take some trips with Deneki Outdoors. In this post from the Deneki blog, they explain why creep is bad and drift is good.
Fly casting is an art that will never be perfected, only improved upon. It’s part of what makes the sport great! Nonetheless, there are a few common casting faults that we see on a day to day basis that, if corrected, can help take your casting to the next level. Here’s an in depth post on one of the most common casting faults we see from both beginners and experienced casters alike (called creep) and how to best correct it (a technique called drift).
A Few Fundamentals
First things first, it’s important to introduce a couple of the fundamental principles that govern all forms of fly casting. By far the most fundamental principle to a good fly cast is that the tip of the rod travels in a straight line.
The fly line does whatever the tip of the rod does. So, if the rod tip draws a big wide arc, then the result will be big wide open loops. If the rod tip travels in a straight line, the fly line will follow suit and the result will be nice tight narrow loops. On the other hand, if the rod tip dips below a straight line path (in a convex motion), the result will be tailing loops (more on this later). The fly line always follows the path of the rod tip, simple as that.
Photos: Deneki Outdoors