Steelhead Tactics: Cast, THEN Step
Tradition dictates that when swinging flies for steelhead you make your cast, swing the fly into shore, and take a...
Tradition dictates that when swinging flies for steelhead you make your cast, swing the fly into shore, and take a step or two down river. Repeat 10,000 times until you hook a fish or have to go to the bank and warm your hands by the fire. Michael White and Deneki Outdoors have a different take on it. — TR
From Deneki’s weekly news letter:
_”The basic idea – rather than stepping downriver after your swing has completed and before your next cast, try stepping after you cast, before the fly starts swinging. Here’s why stepping after your cast might be a good idea.
1. It prevents you from mending your fly back ‘out of the zone’.
2. It gives your fly time to sink before it starts swinging.
3. It allows to you control where your fly is ultimately going to go once it starts swinging.”_