Doug McKnight, Yellow Dog's Bahamas Program Director, gives us insight on delivering a perfect first cast.
Making your first cast count is one of the most important things about being successful in saltwater flats fishing. Nearly every time, your first shot affords the best chance at getting the bonefish, permit or tarpon to eat a fly. All of these fish have extraordinary vision and sixth sense of incoming danger. A repeat cast, even a good one, is often enough to turn a fish off from eating. Here are a few tips on making that great cast the first time, or what we like to call “one timing it!”
1. Practice Your Cast
Before you head out on your trip it is always a good idea to practice with your equipment. Whether it is your first time or your hundredth trip, everyone benefits from a little casting practice before a trip. If your cast needs work, take a lesson or two from a good instructor. Make your practice time as realistic as possible.
Set up your rig exactly as you would in the field in respect to your line, leader and fly. If you are going to be fishing with a weighted fly, practice with one! Practice when it is windy. Don’t worry about throwing a whole fly line, focus on accuracy in the 20 -70 foot range. Don’t practice repeat casts, start at the ready position with your fly in hand and get the fly to the target with a minimum of false casts.