Fly Fishing

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Fly-Fishing - Casting the Fly


First Published in Harper's Magazine - April 1885

Fig. 4, from a photograph, shows the correct position at the conclusion of the forward cast.

It is regretted that want of space prevents our entering further into this subject. With one or two words of caution we must close.

After having thoroughly mastered casting a distance of fifty feet wit an overhead motion, practice accomplishing the same result with a horizontal movement of the rod. Do not endeavor prematurely to cast a long line, for that is a sure way never to accomplish it. But be patient and persevering, using but a moderate length of line; then a coorect method will soon become purely automatic, and you will easily be able to extend your cast to any reasonable distance.

When fishing, avoid two very common faults.

Do not shirk good water within distances in which the advantage would be with the angler, to fish more distant and less promising places at a disadvantage.

Again, after the flies have been cast upon the water, they are drawn over the surface toward the angler. By no means continue this movement so far as to lose the power to retrieve the line; or, what amounts to the same thing, the ability to "strike," and thus fasten the hook, should a fish rise to the fly. wo out of every three fly-rods which are broken come to grief through neglect of this precaution.

The art of fly-fishing has far too wide ascope to permit its exhaustion within the limits of one, or even many, magazine articles. We have but touched upon a few of the more salient points. For further information the would-be beginner (for whose benefit this has been written) may consult any of the many treatises on the subject.

Bur of one thing he may well be assured. Should he persevere, even though he attain but a moderate degree of proficiency, he will admit, as thousands have done before him, that never has any investment of time and trouble returned a larger percentage of pleasure and profit.