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TIPS FOR TBFFC - No. 112

 

My Favorite Casting Stroke

I like to use a fairly vertical and short casting stroke for most of my fishing. I pick up the line normally and stop my back cast at 2 PM on the clock. As the line straightens behind me, I bring my line (left) hand to the reel and let my reel hand drift back a little. I start the forward cast by leading with the reel and moving my casting hand/arm forward on the “shelf” keeping a firm wrist. This motion will load the rod and keep a tight loop since your rod tip is moving in a straight line. Finish with a short haul and by finally letting your wrist push forward. Be sure to stop your rod at 10 AM on the clock, aiming high to send the line out above your target. Your fly will settle to the water nicely. This efficient motion will cast the line 40-60 feet using the power of the rod.

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Random Thoughts from the Tying Bench

By C.W. “Don” Coleman

MULLET – If you want to try catching mullet on a fly, just use a small green fly. Nothing fancy, just a simple dubbed nymph pattern on a #10 freshwater hook. Tie them in several hues of green. Capt. Gene Zamba says, “If the mullet are spooky, as they are most of the time, try chumming with breadcrumbs or small bits of white bread.” He claims you cannot tell the difference between a 4 pound mullet and a 4 pound bonefish in the Keys. If game fish are not around, try for some of these “English Bonefish.”Text Box:



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