One of the many fly casting techniques that I teach each year is the double haul. When fly casters begin to challenge their skills and attempt longer casts, they quickly learn that it becomes increasingly difficult to add the increased amount of energy into the cast in a smooth enough manner to avoid tailing loops. […]
This post is a step-by-step method of teaching a beginner to fly cast. It is offered as an aid to assist fly casting instructors to teach the skill. The Seven Step Fly Casting Method has been developed over the last 40 years by some of the finest fly casting experts in the world. What began […]
Wading Basics One of the first purchases a fly angler makes is waders. Waders have come a long way from the heavy, rubberized canvas, lug-sole monsters that we wore in the 60’s and 70’s. Today, modern breathable membranes, lightweight fabrics, and interchangeable soles have made wading much more comfortable. In this article I would […]
The Spey Cast The Spey cast is a roll cast that includes a change of direction. It allows the angler to make long casts without a lot of room for a back cast. The casting technique may be used with very long double-handed rods as […]
Learn To Fly Fish The Orvis Way with Hank Patterson
Give this Hank Patterson video a look, and a laugh.
Most participants at the Orvis Michigan Fly Fishing School arrive as novices. As such, we start their fly-casting instruction by asking them to pick up the fly line from the ground and deliver it back to the ground. Amazingly, this is all that fly-casting really is: a pick-up and a delivery. Everything else that we […]
If you’ve set your sights on a new fly rod, or perhaps your first fly rod, dive in and take a few notes. High tech materials, fast actions, slow actions, new actions, line weights, rod lengths, tapers, flex indexes, grips, ferrule designs, finishes,… it all can be overwhelming. Relax. Here are some guidelines to help […]
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