Here’s a little casting tip from Chris Price, our manager at Chile West.
When you’re at the end of your swing or drift and you’re ready to re-cast, it’s very hard to make the transition from the “hang down” to a target in front all in one false cast, if you’re fishing a single-handed rod.
This can be an angle change anywhere from 70 to 100 degrees depending on the method you are fishing. If you try to make the turn in one cast, the fly line generally flops out and or piles up.
Think of a piece of pie. Start from the hang down and imagine a pie cut into 12 pieces. You are going to eat a quarter of the pie in 3 to 4 false casts. Each false cast, pivot about 30 degrees upstream until you have reached the desired target zone. This will keep the back cast straight and thus the forward cast straight as well. And we all know a good back cast, in line with your target zone, makes for a good forward cast.