Cast An Extra 10 Feet With These Fly Casting Tips (ex-ORVIS Instructor’s Crazy Tactics)

By: Joseph Simonds on April 4, 2019
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Do you want to know the secret to cast an extra 10 feet with your fly rod?

One of our SUPER-Community members, Joe Sherer, is an ex-Orvis instructor and he agreed to reveal some of the tips that they teach their customers to help them cast farther.

Now, I’ve heard some stories about some of the old-school Orvis instructors getting a little crazy with their tactics, but I haven’t seen it for myself.

Until now…

Watch the video below to see Joe’s tips on how to cast an extra 10 feet with your fly rod, plus his unconventional way of practicing.

Enjoy!

Fly Casting Tips [VIDEO]

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Mike Wilson
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I noticed that you released the line from your left hand at the end of the cast. I’ve had some instructors suggest that you create a circle with your thumb and forefinger giving you a quicker way to control the line and remove the slack with less pulling. Your thoughts?

Joseph Sherer
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I’m sorry Mike, I thought I had answered your question a long time ago. I do make a loop with my finger and thumb when I’m fishing. This is a great question and a great point. My primary reason for this is to have near constant contact with my line so when my fly lands on the water I can control it from the get go. I see far too many people have way too much slack by not finishing their final delivery low enough. As you finish your cast, while your fly is going towards the water your rod should, I would argue gently that it must, end up about a foot off of the water. When you finish in this position and you have the fly line in your fingers (thumb and first finger) you are in the proper position to begin stripping immediately if necessary. Great point Mike and I’m sorry for the delay in answering you.