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Presentation casting

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Fishing dry fly - presentation casts.

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Curve right

Learn to make the curve cast, reach cast, hook cast, slack line cast, fly fishing has many facets to it and lots of different techniques. Dry fly fishing is perhaps the most visual and exciting method and it requires not a small amount of skill, particularly presentation skills. Presentation is a combination of things, not just good casting. It requires the selection of appropriate rod, reel, line and leader, for instance there is little chance of getting excellent presentation of a size 20 fly with a #9 line! Similarly a 3x leader is not much use with that size of fly either! As a rough guide the "x" leader size times three is the fly size, so a 7x leader is OK for a 20 and a 3x leader is fine for a 12.

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Hook left

One tremendous advantage for the dry fly fisherman is to be able to land a fly gently and achieve drag free drifts over the fishing zone. In some instances this can be achieved by straight line casting and mending but for the most part some sort of air mend or presentation cast will produce a more satisfactory result. Curved casts can be easily made by moving the rod whilst line is being shot and the picture shows the right hand curved cast delivered by the angler's right hand. This is a very useful cast when there is a strong central current and slack line is required in the middle of the cast to allow a drag free drift at the far side of the stream.

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Slack line

The hook cast or shepherds crook is made by moving the rod horizontal like a side cast and stopping it short so to speak, resulting in an overthrow of line that ends up at right angles to the main body of the fly line. By this means it is possible to cast around obstacles and it is handy for reaching difficult fish or remaining out of sight.

Slack line casts are typically used to reach fish lying downstream of the angler. In the picture the slack line has been sent to the far end of the fly line only. With skill the angler can put slack anywhere in the fly line or all the way along it simply by timing the horizontal wiggles that he gives the rod.

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