Different casting methods used in fly fishing
Fly fishing is a unique angling-fishing method which is renowned for helping anglers catch salmon and trout, but it can also be used to catch other fish species including carp, grayling, pike, panfish and bass as well as some marine species like striped bass, snook, bonefish, tarpon and redfish. When fly fishing, an artificial fly is cast using a unique fly reel, rod and specialized weighted-line. And since fly fishing can be considered as a fishing method of casting the line instead of the luring the line, it requires some specialized casting methods.
Unlike all the other casting-techniques, fly fishing is a specialized technique for casting line instead of lures (which is the weight used in various non-fly fishing methods to pull the line from the angler’s reel). An artificial fly is way too light to be casted freely, so you need to be careful when casting. Some of these casting methods include:
1. Forward cast
This is actually the most commonly used casting method in fly fishing and it involves the angler whisking his artificial fly into the-air, back over-the-shoulders until his line is almost straight and then forward using your forearm.
2. Spey casting
This casting method requires a heavier and longer 2-handed fly-rod called the spey rod (which was developed in the river spey in Scotland). This technique is used in large rivers and the salt-water surf-casting where the angler will be required to cast the flies over quite a long distance.
3. Reach casting
This involves the angler casting his artificial fly over flowing-water and then right before the artificial fly lands, the angler moves his arm and the rod in an upstream-direction to arrange the line in such a way that it produces less apparent-drag.