Top Posts of 2013, #6: Tuesday Tip: How to Correct 5 Common Casting Mistakes

Written by: Kathleen Moore

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[Editor’s Note: During this first full week of 2014, we’re counting down the Top 10 Posts of 2013. (Although, since the Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival is almost always the most-read post of each week, we’ll disqualify the F5 from this contest.) We’ll repost two of the Top 10 per day, leading up to our announcement of the most-read post, on Friday afternoon. So stay tuned all week to see what resonated most with Orvis Fly Fishing readers last year. Here’s #6, which offers some tips from Pete Kutzer that might just have your casting jump immediately to the next level]

This week, our topic is fly casting, so who better to instruct us than Pete Kutzer of the Orvis Fly-Fishing School in Manchester, Vermont. You are surely familiar with Pete from his many great videos here on the Fly Fishing blog. He has taught thousands of people how to cast, or how to cast better, and here he talks about the five most common mistakes that he sees on the water:

  1. starting with the rod too high off the water;
  2. not stopping the rod at the end of each forward and backcast;
  3. going too far back with the rod on the backcast;
  4. trying to “throw” the fly; and
  5. tailing loops.

For the most part, these errors are pretty easy to correct, and if you pay attention to the solutions Pete offers here, your casting will jump immediately to the next level. You’ll find that you can cast longer, more accurately, and without the frustrating tangles that can waste a lot of time.

3 thoughts on “Top Posts of 2013, #6: Tuesday Tip: How to Correct 5 Common Casting Mistakes

    1. ben wessel

      I think you’re right. Although my casting still suffers from tailing loops once in a while, this guy lassoos and fumbles!

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