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Question by Matthew Matzek. Uploaded on November 29, 2012
And forgive me if the largemouth bass isn't a true panfish
cast 2 o'clock to 10 o'clock and let the line out as you cast
I once fished with a guy who had been fly fishing for over 40 years and was able to fake an artificial hatch with 30 perfect casts. He claimed that he was still learning the art of fly fishing.
Practice on a lawn without a hook or you'll catch an ear with it on the forward cast for sure.
Walmart has a book, "Fly Fishing for Dummies."
At $13.00, it's worth a look.
Count it! for 99. Practice in an open lawn area with a piece of maribou tied to the end of your line. There are a number of casting instructional videos on the ole youtube. Just type in "how to fly cast."
Then you'll want to know WHAT to cast. I like wooly buggers for bass and panfish. You can also google panfish or bass fly kits to get an idea of the types of flies that generally get used.
Since there's no current in ponds, you'll definitely want to find a good method of stripping line and working the rod tip to give your lure some action.
Good luck, man. It's a fun sport.
Thanks guys! Any thing else I need to know?
Matt, check your post on the message boards under "The Hatch Report".
Aw heck, here it is:
from Hoski wrote 0 sec ago
Generally speaking, you're most likely going to find a mid weight rod will suit you best, About 5 weight seems right. Line weights are commonly matched to rod weight, although there is a strong opinion that using one weight higher allows a beginer to better get the feel of the rod loading and unloading during the cast. I'd suggest a combo package deal from one of the more well know retailers like BassPro, Cabela's, Gander Mtn. etc. Many will offer an outfit that'll come with a rod, reel, pre-spooled with line and backing (I'd suggest floating line), a tapered leader, maybe a fly box with an assortment of basic flies like a few nymphs, drys, and streamers. That'll get you started.
Fly fishing and particularly the casting is different from spin or baitcasers in that you cast the weight of the line...the fly at the end is along for the ride.
Google some fly casting videos on youtube or other sites to get started. Wear sunglasses and a hat. Accept the fact that nobody starts out looking like a master fly caster, you're going to get tangles, you'll hang up in weeds behind you...forget about it. Whether we admit it or not we all have done the same thing.
Remember it's fishing, get out there and enjoy it, chances are you've shown this much interest so I predict you'll soon be addicted.
I began my flyfishing fishing for panfish in retention ponds. I simply had a 6weight starter flyrod and a 7ft tapered leader on there and tied on a foam spider...boy do panfish love those things. Cast it out there and slowly inch it towards you. Make the water ripple then pause. Panfish and bass cannot stand them!
With a small size 8 foam spider, a 7 1/2lb bass slammed it and obviously immediately I got cut off, then I tied on a larger popper and I fought that 7 1/2lb bass for 10 minutes. Yep. Foam spiders work. nough' said.
Remember this, "An ounce of fish biology is worth a pound of tackle" -- learn what makes the fish tick.
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