"One of the fascinations of this sport is that it requires mastering different techniques for different species," Kreh writes. "You don't fish for snook the same way you would for striped bass.
There are many variations of the basic fly cast, yet none is used more than the rollcast.
The rollcast is useful in many situations. Here are just a few. ¿By making a rollcast directed upward from the surface, you could lift a sinking line from the water for a backcast. With this same cast you can silently pick up a popping bug from the water. ¿ If your fly is snagged, make a rollcast and allow the line to travel beyond what is trapping the fly. Then make a fast backcast. Because the fly line is behind where the fly is snagged, it will often pull it fre. ¿ You can use a rollcast to remove grass from your fly.
A new twist on an old favorite.
There are a number of reasons why fly-fishermen have trouble with their casting. Most experienced anglers have learned the hard way how to fix or avoid the following common stumbling blocks.
You may think you're already a good caster - and maybe you are - but even a crusty old pro can't help picking up a few pointers from what Lefty Kreh has to say on the subject.
On November 16, Bill Barnes, legendary fly-fisherman and lodgeowner of Casa Mar Lodge, died from pneumonia in San Jose, CostaRica. Barnes had been in poor health for several years. He wascremated, and his ashes were spread on the Rio Colorado and at CasaMar.Barnes taught physical education in south Florida before takingover management of Casa Mar, a lodge on the northeast coast ofCosta Rica, in the early 1970s. He jumped at the chance, and thelodge quickly became what many considered to be the best-run inCentral America.
Q: "Fishing the flats effectively requires poling a boat. Although newer electric motors are quiet and work well for some applications, I firmly believe that poling is the best way to stalk skinny-water species. Most modern push poles have a roughened surface that acts as a grip. While this surface does keep the pole from slipping, it's harsh on my hands. I've tried several types of gloves, but I’m finding that the pole surface wears them out very quickly. Do you know of any gloves that are comfortable to wear and will last for a while?"
Q: “The Clouser Minnow is one of the most versatile patterns around. Are there others you feel are as versatile and effective?”Steve JohnsonNewark, New JerseyA: That’s a tough question, but my personal favorite of all the patterns since the Clouser would probably have to be Bob Popovics’ Bucktail Deceiver. I regard Bob as the most innovative fly tier I’ve known and think his Bucktail Deceiver is certainly among the best of all his great flies.