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Bass Fishing Wexford - On the Fly PI

Bass Fishing Wexford - On the Fly PI

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Published by Jim Hendrick
bass fishing on the fly in Ireland
bass fishing on the fly in Ireland

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

This is not a ‘how to post’. In other words I’m not going to tell you how to fly-cast for
saltwater. There are plenty of other people who are more prepared to do that. What I
would like to try to get across to you goes something like this….

‘…On a good day I can cast ‘x’ number of yards, on a bad day I struggle to hit ‘z’ yards.’

Where ‘x’ is a lot and ‘z’ is not that many!

Rudy Van Duinjhoven in Wexford

Sometimes your preparation for a fishing session is meticulous to the point of obsession.
It makes you feel good, and in control. You have prepared well, with a nice range of flies,
lines, tippet, gear and you have done some planning around weather wind and tides.
You’re focused, and on the drive down you feel calm and look forward to some hours of
saltwater fly-fishing, the anticipation builds nicely as it’s your first time out in 10 days. It

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couldn’t be better.

Then somewhere between the third and tenth cast of your fishing you decide you want to
go home. The cast is dumping and crashing, tailing loops are of phenomenal quality and
distance well....at its worst you want to turn the rod into a javelin aimed at the vile heart of
the cruel sea, go stomping and muttering back to the car, kick the rabbit you saw on the
way down the path, and at the top of lane stop the car and bite and punch the steering
wheel whilst growling like a mad dog. The following words perversely go through your
mind 'With good casting technique you can place the fly where you want it, effortlessly
and with precision and grace,...' they dont do anything to improve your mood.

The loneliness of the long distance fly caster (or not) as the case may be!

If you are already a capable caster in terms of both distance and presentation, in most
saltwater conditions, then you can usually weather these storms and pour some oil on the
issues. But if you are new to the sea or indeed flycasting then its more of a problem.
Without the experience or indeed a number of 'negative casting' experiences how can we
learn to deal with the above? Or more importantly can we recognise the early signs of a
bad day and find a middle ground, not X or Z but Y perhaps?

I think the important thing to remember is that it happens to everyone, and it happens
less often than you might think. When it happens to me I tend to stop fishing very quickly.
And for a while, I sit and watch someone else casting or simply watch the birds go by. I
know that I probably wont cast to 'x' this time out but when I try again I make short
accurate casts with small flies - if it works out then fine, I might make the move to further
and bigger but only slowly, and sometimes I have to retreat! This is where 'y' exists - I am
flyfishing within my limits and still enjoying it.

Rather than persisting with the agony of a poor casting day it pays to take time out and to
think about turning it around. You can do this by using many techniques but my favourite
is to start again after a while and push little by little until you move from casting mode to
fishing mode and once again you begin to think and feel this might be ok - there might be
a fish behind that rock over there - pull through the cast, stop, yes, not perfect but
ok......coming around now.....was that a follow?

some tips to use when things are not working out from a casting point of view
•Only put the amount of line you want to cast in your line tray
•dont put the biggest fly in the box on first
•dont try to cast to the horizon with your first casts
•if you are using heavy sinking lines or big flies - open you loops and slow down
•try to determine where and how the fish are feeding
•if they are blitzing on baitfish then presentation or distance wont be a problem
•if they are visible then they must be reasonably close - but wary!
•at night fish are very close - very!
•a current can often carry your fly to the fish!
•overlining your rod by one can often bring back that 'feeling'
•take you time and relax
Next month (July) - choosing the right fly lines A little bit of fishing in your day - Jim
Posted by Jim at 03:39PM (+01:00)

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