‘Outside the box’ fly casting tips
from Fishing Hall of Fame member Bob Nasby
If you know fly casting instructor Bob Nasby as I do, you will know his approach to casting instruction is unique and often unconventional. He encourages his students to keep an open mind and try to think beyond what others have taught you.
Years ago we posted a few fly casting tips on our website and Bob and I thought it would be fun to start posting a new tip each month during the fishing season. Bob’s first tip is for the angler that wants to get into fly fishing. Here’s Bob with:
My suggestion to people that want to get into fly fishing is to get a fly casting lesson. I am not just saying that because I teach fly casting, but because you don’t want to have a bullseye on your head when you go to a fly shop to make your first purchase. It is important to learn some of the basics about different fly line front tapers and line weights and how they relate to the fly rod. The front taper is the section of fly line that tapers smaller in size from the thickest diameter down to the end of the fly line. Make sure the casting instructor keeps it basic and doesn’t start confusing you with intricate details about fly fishing equipment. If the intricate details fascinate you the way they do me, you will have plenty of enjoyable years of fly fishing to learn them.
Enlisting a casting instructor will almost always save you money by greatly shortening your learning curve and by providing product information that will help you make wise equipment purchases. The reason it is important to learn some basics about front fly line tapers is because different tapers perform better in different fly fishing situations. If you plan to fish solely for bass, you will want a ‘bass bug’ taper because it will cast a heavier, wind resistant bass fly. A ‘standard weight forward’ taper would be a good choice for trout fishing where your presentation needs a little more finesse. If you want to fish a variety of fish species and you are on a limited budget, your casting instructor can recommend a line taper that would be the best compromise.
The salesperson at your local fly is a valuable resource for equipment selection, but my students have told me how valuable it was to obtain the information given by me prior to spending any money. I tell my students to give thought to what type of fly fishing they want to do. Having a basic understanding of the equipment and knowing what you want to fish for will keep the bullseye off of your forehead when you make that first visit to your fly shop.
Bob can be reach at 651-730-5284 or firstname.lastname@example.org