Fly Fusion Cast Like a Pro Series: #2 Distance Casting

Fly Fusion Field Editor Jeff Wagner and fly-fishing icon Bruce Richards cover various topics in this informative fly-casting series that is packed full of cast-changing tips. In this Episode Jeff Wagner covers the fundamentals of distance fly casting. With these simple techniques you can add distance to your cast for that next saltwater fly fishing trip for bonefish.

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Fly Fusion’s Cast Like a Pro Series: Basic Cast

Fly Fusion Field Editor Jeff Wagner and fly-fishing icon Bruce Richards cover various topics in this informative fly-casting series that is packed full of cast-changing tips. In this unit of Fly Fusion’s Cast Like a Pro Series Bruce Richards discusses basics of the cast.

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A Guide’s Advice

Tip #2 for the Guide: Servant Heart

Hands down, the best guides I know on the river are those who truly care and serve their clients.  Having a servant heart means leaving your ego at the door. Being cognitive to your clients needs in every aspect of their experience is so important and knowing that your actions are serving your client will help shape your attitude throughout the day.  The best compliment that I receive from my clients, is when they tell me that they felt we took care of them all day!  Approach your day with a WE not a ME attitude.

Photo & Tips: Dana Lattery @flyfishingbowriver

A Guide’s Advice –

Tip #1 for the Client: Manage Expectations

So, now we know that when you are booking a guided trip, the outfitter should ask you what you want out of your trip. And wether it your first trip or your 100th, this is a very important step to making your trip successful! Yes, it’s a fishing trip, but the outfitter needs to know what’s important to you so they can properly prepare and design your trip to meet your needs.

Discuss your skill level, special skills you are fine-tuning, fishing styles or species you are targeting.   And, just because you went over these when booking your trip, don’t assume your guide is aware.  This is your most important conversation of the day.  Don’t get in that boat without having gone over your expectations!

A Guide’s Advice

Guide, Outfitter, and all round great guy, Dana Lattery @flyfishingbowriver shares some sage advice in the winter issue of Fly Fusion.  But…with more great material than the pages of the mag would allow, we thought it would be fun to share a series of his top tips here.

Guide Tip #1:

Manage Expectations: Observe, Shape, Perform

This is our clients day on the water, not ours.  Our first conversation should be in order to figure out what they want to get out of their day…which isn’t always the same as what we want.  I can’t stress this enough. To ensure a successful day, we need to be on the same page as our clients.

We can assume that they  want to catch fish,  but it is always appreciated when you are clear about how the fishing has been.  Never tell your clients “ you should have been here yesterday”, this is just an excuse and is not fair to them.

Following is a simple summary of expectations from one of my clients: “My goals for the day are as such, Good times, big smiles, fish, and great memories”. Easily laid out, now it’s my role to shape these and expand on the details; conditions,  techniques, seasonal considerations etc.

Suggest, but never trump their desires. I have an  annual client who who only wants to use a dry fly.  We know that this isn’t always a possibility, but together, through proper scheduling and concerted effort we make for a higher probability of success.

RIO: How To Tie a Dropper Video

In this episode of RIO’s “How To” series, RIO brand manager Simon Gawesworth runs through a number of reasons of why you would fish a dropper on your leader. In addition, Simon shows 4 different ways of making a dropper – using a surgeon knot, a tippet ring, the “New Zealand” dropper and the swiveling dropper from Poland.

If you want to fish more than one fly on your leader, this videos will give you some great ideas for rigging, as well as showing many typical multiple fly set ups that Simon uses, and that can give you a more successful day on the water.

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On the Mend

A straight-line cast is often the best way to present a fly, but sometimes you need to change your location in order to get the drift you want. When you’re able to move, you should. But if trees, currents, the position of the fish or the position of the sun won’t allow you to move without spooking the fish or getting into wading trouble, the best option is often to use a mend. Read More

RIO: How to Fish Out of a Flats Boat

In this final episode of RIO’s second season of “How To” videos, RIO sales manager, Zack Dalton talks about “How To Fish Out Of A Flats Boat/Skiff”. In this film Zack explains how to orientate yourself in a flats boat, and how important it is to know the “clock face” directional method that guides around the world use to point out fish. In addition, this film goes over the really important duties and responsibilities an angler has when they are not fishing, and waiting for their turn to get up on the boat and fish.
If you are going on your first trip in a flats boat – for whatever species, this film will make sure you know how to maximize your day in the boat, whether when fishing, or when waiting for your turn.
RIO’s “How To” videos are a series of short films that explain all you need to know to learn a particular way to fish, or cast. Where applicable, each film talks through the gear that you need, shows how to rig the gear, how to read the water, and how to fish that particular technique. These educational films are packed with information and top tips designed to improve the knowledge and skill level of all fly fishers. Each one is bought to you by a RIO employee or a RIO brand ambassador.
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Circus Peanut | Al Ritt

Throwback to the first season of the Fly Fusion Series with Al Ritt on the vise. Filmed on location at Island Lake Lodge, nestled in the heart of the Rockies in the Kootenay region of British Columbia.

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Landon Mayer on Shoot Mending

A basic mend involves moving the rod tip in a half-circle motion that positions fly line upstream of the leader, flies, or indicator. This removes the tension applied by the moving current and helps you improve the depth and control of your presentation. The downside of the basic mend is how long it takes to perform, and the water-disturbing and fish-disturbing movement it imparts to the fly.

When I was younger, I not only spent as much time on the water as I could, but I read every fly-fishing book on the shelf over and over again. I also watched instructional videos. Doug Swisher, who presented his Mastery Series of videos with Scientific Anglers, is one of my teaching idols. In his video on selective trout, he demonstrates the stack mend for use with sinking flies. It’s performed by throwing a mini-cast with a “micro-second wrist” toward the flies or indicator. This places slack line out near the fly where it is most beneficial. Several stack mends are made in quick succession, which allow the fly to sink quickly and drift naturally.

Years ago I started using the same method with a sideways approach to replace the standard mend. I call it “shoot mending.” I make the same micro-second-wrist cast with the tip of the rod moving forward only one foot. I then lift the rod up two to three feet to allow clearance for the line. Then, by quickly making one or two mends while the line is in the process of shooting, I get a mend that’s already in place when the line lands on the water. It’s also a very effective technique for shooting mends through wind and over chop in still waters without taking the indicator or dry fly away from the target.