Tailing loops will tangel your line and cause a lot of frustration with casting. The simple way to fix your tailing loop is to use less wrist action and put more power on your forward cast towards the end of the cast and then stop the cast. Visualize putting more power on your forward cast as if you were flicking paint off a brush and you want the paint to spray on the wall in front of you NOT the ceiling above you. The power and energy has to be at the end of the forward stroke.
Here is a video with some instruction from Saltwater Experience.
'Find Your Water' is a series of six short episodes around six minutes apiece that will highlight fly fishing in its various forms the across the U.S. Each episode will highligh a slightly different style of fly fishing each with various techniques and entry methods but all will feature that unique joy of landing a fish on a fly rod. The two episodes have been released and you can find them below. For future episodes be sure to check them out on the Redington Find Your Water page .
The beginning of Shad season usually brings the Striper. You guessed it ... one was caught. Hit my line like a freight train. 25 1/2" loaded with eggs and ready to Spawn. She was promptly returned to the James. Great Day! Conditions Moving to high tide. Overcast. Chartreuse and White Clouser. Sinking line on a 9 weight.
The South Holston can produce a 100 fish day if everything lines up. Certainly going with the right guide doesn't hurt. Matt Champion, of the South Holston River Fly Shop, is that guide. When my fishing buddy Clay Hardin and I drove up to the shop we really didn't realize we were so lucky. We were only 9/10 that's .9 of a mile from the put in and we were going to be able to run the most productive section of the river twice that day. What a great idea! Matt certainly understood all the possibilities and the ins and outs of all the runs. THis time of year it is mostly nymphing. The water was very clear. Matt runs a Czech nymphing style rig with three nymphs. It works. We ended up with 65 fish for the boat and it was "a little sluggish". We worked for every fish we caught. The takes are very subtle and since we were using that Czech Nymphing style you had to set the hook on every strike even the false ones.
Call up Matt Champion for a trip on the SOHO.
South Holston River Fly Shop® 608 Emmett Rd. Bristol, Tennessee 37620 423-878-2822
Below is a a beautiful brown trout. Brown Trout are all wild. They only stock Rainbow's.
Check out this beauy! You can see the part of the nymph rig we were using if you look close enough. (Clay is a star, but he is in the background on this one)
Getting close to fishing for Shad. Water temperature in the James River is around 48° F and we are almost at flood stage. Sooo we have a week or two to wait. Warmer weather and no rain would get those little puppies to scamper upstream from the sea. While we wait we should all tie flies.
Here are some favorites:
Rob Snowhite has some very creative and inexpensive ways to use craft store goodies to tie shad flies. Check out his blog or buy some from his site. They are cool!
Hook & Hackle has all the supplies and a good primer on how to identify and American or Hickory Shad. Protruding lower jay = a Hickory Shad? I think....Click the link it is all there.