By Kirk Deeter
Jeff Wagner wears many hats. For his day job, he's part of the Cabela's team, integrally involved in boosting that company's fly fishing expertise and product offering. He's also a writer, and one of the best casting instructors (a Federation of Fly Fisher's Master) in the country.
If you ever have a chance to watch him talk about casting, it's pretty impressive, as he can carry on a conversation while maintaining flawless 60-foot loops. For now, I simply put Jeff "On the Spot" with some pointed questions about the fly cast.
FlyTalk: What is the number one mistake most anglers make regarding the fly cast?
Wagner: Not stopping the rod. Stopping the rod is what forms the loop. We think of the cast in terms of motion and fluidity, but it't really all about accelerating, then stopping the rod in the right positions, with the right tempo.