by: Lloyd Tackitt 5/1/2013
I can get windknots in a vacuum chamber, and not just in the leader. I've been known to get them in the fly line - near the tip of my rod when I have thirty feet of line out.
I'm self-taught at fly casting, and it isn't a pretty sight - not like those guys you see on television that are as graceful as ballerinas. Not even close. It's more like watching a durnk monkey with palsy and a bad arm - but I can pretty much deliver the goods where I want them and I catch a lot of fish, so I'm not exactly complaining, just telling it like it is.
I started fly fishing after watching a trio of fly fishers hit the river below my house. I was just sitting there in my overalls, sipping a bit of bourbon, smoking a cigar, and picking on my banjo. I get a kick of out watching the canoers when they see me sitting on the river bank pick a banjo and leering, I mean grinning, at them. It seems to give them a lift as they always start paddling like crazy. Okay, I'm easily amused, so sue me.
Anyway these guys got my interest and so I bought me a fly rod outfit the next day and waded out and started whipping that old line around. It was fun! And I caught fish, lots of them. More than I would have caught using my spinning rig and lures. I haven't looked back at my old spinning rig since. I love the fly rods now.
My technique is kind of strange, perhaps sloppy would be a better word though I'm not sure. I generally cast beyond my ability distance - I want to be as far from the good holding spots as I can so they don't see me and spook. This means I generally have out more line than I can easily handle. My back-casts often hit the water behind me, and believe it or not I have caught fish back there. It may be ugly, but hey, it doubles my chances of catching fish.
Frequently enough to be annoying, I find myself standing in a tangle of line, fly hooked into the back of my vest somewhere and fly line piled up all around me, even getting under my feet. I also spend a lot of time unsnarling line at the tip of my rod - it's uncanny how the line can get twisted between the eyes and wrap completely around the rod half way down the shaft. If it wasn't for my exquisite ability to curse in several languages I don't think I would ever get those things unjammed - there's nothing sloppy about my cursing, at that I'm a pro.
So you see, I'm not the "sophisticated" fly fisherman we all read about and see on the tv - I'm more of a redneck that got hold of a fly rod. If I could get a live minnow to stay on the hook while I flail away, I'd do it in a heartbeat. Oh, I bet several real fly fishermen just shuddered then! But it's true. Hell, if a prince albert can with a hook on it would catch fish I'd be flinging that around. If you've ever wondered what a big bass feels like on a fly rod, let me tell you - it's like catching a tiger on a kite string - all fun, all the way in. Much more fun than on a stiff bass rod. I'd say give it a try and see what you think, you just might turn out to be a redneck flyrodder like me.
I'll close this up by borrowing a description one of my old buddies gave me of his golf game, but applying it to my flycasting. My flycasting is a lot like masturbation - it feels good to me, but it's disgusting for anyone else to watch.
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IceFishingFool, CO 5/1/2013 10:22:34 AM
With that one Lloyd, I will be laughing all day now LOL.
tracks, CO 5/1/2013 10:38:32 AM
Have you been watching me flail my flyrod around?
Definately making me laugh and it's good to know that there are at least two of us with that particular casting "style"
Coloradomrg, CO 5/1/2013 11:54:40 AM
You aren't alone! I am self taught also... I call it flailing, not casting. The word casting infers an amount of skill that I do NOT have LOL I hit my marks ok, and I do catch fish, but it ain't pretty! Thanks for the laugh Lloyd!
Coyute, CO 5/1/2013 11:56:56 AM
When I cast a fly rod (in mt mind) I look like Brad Pitt in A River Runs Through It. LOL
panfishin, CO 5/1/2013 2:27:22 PM
i thought thats why it was called the 'silly stick' because of how goofy i look when trying to cast. the last line is priceless!
alanlf5280, CO 5/1/2013 10:23:19 PM
Note to self, don't fly fish with any of you unless I am interested in a facial piercing. That last line is great. I am writing it down. Credit you?
elkinthebag, CO 5/1/2013 10:55:02 PM
Great blog but you can sling shot a live minnow on the fly rod pretty good and get a fair distance.
Raskal, CO 5/2/2013 4:00:34 PM
Finniest thing I've read in long time !
tbblom, CO 5/2/2013 4:16:41 PM
Casting live pilchards on my 11wt for mackerel in FL was a blast.