Lure choice and some angling tips for early season
Despite a very slow start to the season, particularly salmon, it further reinforces the importance of using your tackle to the highest standard therefore I am putting forward my most important casting tips:
- Be careful not to over-line or over-weight the rod remembering every casting angler has an optimum lift and so to does the rod. In 50 years of teaching over-lining has been the major problem with many anglers.
- A point that many anglers miss is that quality rods should cast any line – mainly floating lines – but any line will not cast any fly unless correctly balanced with a tapered leader and a size – weight suitable fly. A rod will cast any line but a line will not cast any fly. There is great debate on rod actions but I feel that the only rod action suitable for quality casting is a rod that drives from the butt. Many tip action rods make casting a trifle more difficult as you create more speed with less of the rod bending. The bain of my life has been caused by non-flexing butts which makes off-water casting quite difficult. Having been in rod building for 45 years I have discovered tip and uppermid breakages are mainly caused by an non-flexing butt.