The unimportance of casting

The casting discussions are seemingly endless: distance, tight loops, line speed, hauling, leader turnover, and more distance. Not that I’m surprised. But I do find it fascinating, especially since you rarely see these topics brought up on trout fishing boards.

I never wanted to be a great caster. I did, however, aspire to be a great angler. Maybe some day I’ll get there. In the meantime, I’ll just follow Ray Bergman’s advice on fishing, and let the casting take care of itself.

Striper fly anglers have a unique obsession with casting distance. Funny thing! My biggest striper this spring, best measured with a scale or a yardstick, came on a 30-foot cast that I pooched out in front of me. All I had to do was wait for the current to deliver the fly to her waiting mouth.


8 comments on “The unimportance of casting

  1. Steve M. says:

    Just like golf: Putt for dough – Drive for show! My biggest two issues fishing the salt are Wind and handling slack line in waves. (On second thought, maybe being at the right place and the right time should be the biggest!)
    Tight Lines!

    • Steve Culton says:

      I have a love-hate relationship with wind, Steve. It can make for some unpleasant fishing conditions (not to mention difficult casting). On the other hand, I’ve had some of my most memorable striper outings when she’s been howling like a banshee.

  2. mfs686 says:

    Spey anglers are even worse. lol

  3. Ray Hamilton says:

    Excellent suggestion. I’m with you on becoming a better angler.

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