Casting Tip: Watch that Thumb

To continue with tips to tune up your casting I want to share another tip from the great book, The Little Red Book of Fly Fishing, a collection of 250 nuggets of fly fishing wisdom from Kirk Deeter and the late, great Charlie Meyers. This book is full of great tips.

Watch That Thumb

Do you every get frustrated when your line bunches and just dies on the forward cast. This is usually caused by traveling too far with your backcast, which creates an open loop. You can’t load the rod tightly and keep a tight loop.

Here’s the trick. Try to keep your casting thumb in your peripheral vision at all times. if you lose sight of your thumb, and you’re going back too far. Simple as that.

Get out on the lawn and try this tip and you’ll see an immediate improvement with tighter loops and with better control.