Fly Casting for the Beginner...
Congratulations!! This is the final page of Fly Casting for the Beginner. Now that we have been through the concepts, rules and a few basics, it is time for some videos and articles that will help take you to the next step in the process...starting to cast a fly rod.
Note: Before you get to the actual casting, I need to impress upon you the importance of using a fly rod, reel and fly line that are properly "matched". You will recall that the first concept listed on page one was "weight". Weight (wt.) enters the picture again but a little differently. This is very important to your success as a fly caster and it should not be ignored. All fly rods are designed to cast a particular "weight" fly line. For instance, a 5wt. fly rod requires a 5 wt. fly line so it will perform as it should. For the most part, this has everything to do with Concept #2 (Loading the rod). If your fly rod and fly line are not well "matched" with respect to the weight, it will be very difficult to get your rod to do many of the things we have already discussed and that will surely contribute to the frustration you will sometimes feel as you go forward. So, please do not go out there and start casting if the rod you will be using is not properly set up as described above. For more on this topic go to Fly rod, reel and fly line
Learning the basic overhead cast:
How to Fly Fish- Beginner Fly Casting by Chris Myers
As you proceed, you will find that there will be certain parts of the basic casting stroke that cause you more problems than other parts of the cast. The following links are somewhat more specific to some of the concepts and rules you learned about earlier. So if there is something you feel you need more help with, check out the following links.
Casting: What A Fly Rod Needs To Do video by Orvis
Casting by The Fly Fishing School
Finally, here are a few links to casting related items that appear elsewhere on the site. Much of what you have read here may appear in some of them. In addition, there are of few other links I think might be of interest to a beginning fly fisher.
Fly Rods - a somewhat detailed discussion about fly rods, how to choose a fly rod, etc.
Fly Reels - all about fly reels...