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A Fly Casting Exercise

I cannot stress enough how important it is to be able to cast a fly accurately, efficiently and off both shoulders. Being able to do this will catch you more fish. It’s not difficult but it requires practise - you need to build muscle memory because the motion of fly casting is different to other sports. In fly casting you have to stop the rod, not follow through under power like you would in golf or tennis. In teaching I use analogies like flicking paint of a paint brush in an upward direction for the back cast or tapping a nail in front of you for the forward cast. The idea of these is to give you an idea of what you are trying to achieve but they’re not perfect because not all analogies work for everyone. What we need is an exercise which you can do on your own, gives you visual guidance of what to do and shows you when you are doing it wrong.

Well welcome to the Triangle Method. Click on the links below in order and you will find a practise exercise you can do in your garden (if you are fortunate enough to have the space) or on a sports field (hopefully about to open). It’s brilliant but you do need cut grass for this not water. A couple of points, firstly on the video the instructor uses 30’ of fly line but you can use less. Start with say 15’ of line outside the rod tip just make the base of your triangle shorter. Secondly use whatever’s to hand to create your triangle. Have a go, it’s fun. Any questions email

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