Orvis Fly Fishing
Do I Cast A Dry Fly And An Indicator Nymphing Rig The Same Way?
A nymphing rig with two flies, splitshot, and an indicator can be an extremely effective way to catch fish. With dry fly fishing you typically only have one or two flies attached to the fly line and it is a relatively simple task to cast it where you want.
A fully rigged indicator set up can be a bit more difficult to cast after adding all the nymphing accoutrements to the leader. Overhand fly casting a single dry can itself provide its own difficulties but is no match against trying to cast an indicator rig the same distance. Going from one fly attached to the leader to four means a lot of extra weight to account for on your leader. All those extra bits and pieces with an indicator rig acts a bit different when sailing through the air and as any nymph fisherman can attest, tangles and frustration can abound.
How to cast it
In dry fly casting we typically strive for tight forward and backward loops in our cast so that the leader turns over and places the fly exactly where intended.
Opening up your casting stroke means that you should try and be aware of where and when your fly cast turns over on your back and forward cast. Try to slow your stroke down so that enough space is given to the leader to turn over without folding over on itself and resulting in tangles. Remember, sometimes cutting a tangle and retying is the best way to remedy a rats nest!
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