Scott Perlov on Fly Fishing Casting
One of the most important elements of fly fishing, casting can take years to perfect.
While the best way to learn is from an expert instructor, a few basic tips can help the
beginning fly fisher achieve an effective cast.
First, point the fly rod tip in the direction you want the fly line to go. An efficient cast
relies on precise timing rather than strength, and the best way to perfect timing is to
practice consistently. Next, correct stroking and stopping are essential. The casting
stroke allows the fisher to load energy into the fly rod, which is then released into
the fly line during the cast. Short casts require a small amount of energy loaded into
the top of the fly rod, while long casts need a lot of energy into the fly rod’s middle
The arc made by the rod during the cast should be small for a short cast and large
for a long cast. Above all, aspiring fly fishermen should note that the fly rod must
stop to make the line go; the casting loop can only be formed once the fly rod is
stopped, and therefore unloaded.
About Scott Perlov: An Associate Attorney with Berg Hill Greenleaf & Ruscitti, Scott
Perlov is an avid backpacker and fly fisherman.