Published Sep 14. 2021 - 2 years ago

How to Cast Big Flies

I see a lot of videos geared toward casting "big" flies, and the examples are....well, not very big. So, I wanted to do a casting video, actually throwing a full sized 12" Bulkhead Hollow Fly with a massive hook, custom shank, blunt head, large dia hollows, and massive hackles coming out the back. It has the air resistance, it has the water weight, and I can comfortably cast it 85ft plus, repeatedly.

The video breaks down the casting into both the Equipment side of things, as well as some simple casting advice. You can't cast big flies without both.

I don't address the commonly taught Belgium style cast to keep constant tension on the line to help avoid slack/shock. I don't find this to be an issue, especially with the shortened Leader build of 2.5 - 3ft total length. When using a Spey taper and longer leader, it is a much more useful technique, or when using heavy flies - but I don't think it is the proper solution to casting WIND resistant flies with shooting heads.

Hope it helps

Gear used:
St. Croix Rods Imperial Salt 11wt
RIO WF11 Outbound Short Intermediate
Redington Rise 9/10
RIO 40lb Saltwater Mono
Hitena Devil Line (30 or 50lb) - Bite Tippet

My website:

Martin Joergensen

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