Cast Like a Pro – Tom’s Top Fly Casting Tips

Cast Like a Pro – Tom’s Top Fly Casting Tips

Tom Festings Fly Casting Tips

Sportfish Tuition Manager Tom Festing A.A.P.G.A.I. has fished for salmon in Russia, Norway, Iceland and throughout the UK and is also a highly accomplished saltwater angler having fished locations such as Mexico, Christmas Island and the Bahamas for a variety of species. Join him now for a special casting clinic!


Single-handed casting

  • For beginners the most important factor is to make sure you learn with a professional coach. Positive muscle memory can never be forgotten but bad muscle memory can be difficult to eradicate. Because of this learning from a professional – just as you would learn to drive with a driving instructor – is advised.
  • Make sure you choose the correct tackle for the application you require and for your own individual style, not just because it is ‘balanced’.
  • For single-handed casting learn to make a nice, straight overhead cast, turning the leader and the fly over fully.
  • Once you have mastered the basic cast go fishing and make sure you catch some trout to give yourself confidence in your ability. Don’t head to a big, open water or to a river for your first session; head to a small, well-stocked stillwater venue such as Haywards Farm at Sportfish Reading and get a bend in your rod!
  • Improvers should learn single and double haul casting, which will improve distance and give better line speed in unfavourable weather conditions. It is particularly useful for saltwater fishing too.
  • Know and cast within your capabilities! The most important thing is not so much the distance you cast as the presentation that you achieve – even on bigger waters.
  • In conclusion learn to make a nice, smooth cast and beginners should always learn to cast BEFORE they go fishing.
Tuition Manager Tom Festing
Tuition Manager Tom Festing

Double-handed casting

  • As with single-handed casting it is important to learn from a pro and ensure you don’t get into bad habits from the beginning. It is far easier to learn correctly right from the beginning than to have to un-learn bad technique before you start!
  • Make sure that you understand the mechanics of what you are trying to achieve.
  • Mechanically the rod must travel in straight lines with a tensioned line.
  • Remember that without line tension the spring of the rod is massively reduced.

The team at Sportfish will give you the solid foundation you need for a lifetime of successful fly fishing, whatever your quarry. Take a look at our full range of fly fishing lessons and courses or call 0118 930 3860 or email [email protected] for further information.

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