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Old 09-22-2007, 12:35 AM
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Casting a splitshot with an indicator

Hey everyone. I'm new to the forum and new to fly fishing. I'm not having any trouble casting dry flies but when I attempt to cast a nymph with a splitshot and an indicator, it becomes a catastropic tangled mess. Any advice would be greatly appriciated. Thanks.
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Old 09-22-2007, 11:22 AM
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You need to cast a more open loop with the rig you are using. Let your rod drift a hair further back on your back cast before the stop. Do not try to over power the frontcast either. Good luck.
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Old 09-22-2007, 12:23 PM
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awesome thanks so much for the advice.
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Old 09-24-2007, 08:33 AM
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Roll cast as much as possible...
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Old 09-24-2007, 12:34 PM
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Slow down and lengthen your casting stroke.
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Old 09-24-2007, 09:11 PM
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Yes, open up your cast. It may not look as good as a cast with a dry fly, and you will probably think that the cast is very sloppy, but it will get the fly in front of the fish, and that's all that really matters.
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Old 09-25-2007, 03:40 PM
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thanks so much for all the advice. I'll let you know how it goes.
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Old 09-29-2007, 01:02 PM
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I guess you are trying to nymph a run in moving water. Work your line out and let it drift down stream. At the end of your drift lift the rod to get your rig moving upstream and then without backcasting flop the whole thing up stream. You should be able to cast 20 feet or so up stream that way. Raise your rod or strip in line as the indicator drifts toward you and do the opposite as it passes by. Set on the slightest movement of the indicator and do not be surprised to pick up fish at the end of the drift as you lift to cast again. Everyone gets a rats nest from time to time but by avoiding back casting you will get fewer.
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The Art of Speycasting

"Spey-O-Rama" 2004 video has a nice presentation showing single hand spey casting with an indicator and shot. The spey cast has some real advantages, with a single hand or double hand rod. One is that the shot is not passing your head or rod, so less chance of a disaster on connection. A second, is that there might be less tendency for the tangles you have been experiencing. Give it a try. Of course that also means that you need to learn how to spey cast, if you do not already have that technique.
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