Photo (1--color) Art Delano, right, practices his false cast
while newcomer Mike Burian tries out what he's learned.
Ordinarily one false cast
is all it takes to get the mark back out of the rod.
What I found while wading the flats was the same thing I saw on the Cape Cod, Massachusetts, beach near my home: When a fish turned off the fly, it was easy to make one false cast
and reposition the fly in front of the fish.
An angler, whether shooting for score on Level One, or testing his or her skill on Level Three, will be able to hit targets with fewer false casts
, reach around obstacles or chase a moving fish with successive casts, waiting for the swirl and the grab.
Three false casts
of my cork popper got enough of the line out to reach my target.
Among some of the casts that must be done in the performance test are loop casts, line control, roll casts, accurate false casts
of 20, 30 and 45 feet, roll casts between 45 and 50 feet, double haul casts of between 45 and 50 feet and a distance cast of a minimum of 75 feet.
A "redfish taper" floating line readily available from various line companies for around $90 will cast large flies easier, with fewer false casts
Richard Haines loaded his 8-weight fly rod with a pair of false casts
then dropped his black Clouser Minnow fly perfectly in front of the school.
Eyes on the top of their heads give these fish great range of sight--they can easily spot a fly fishermen making false casts