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.
Using high line speed with repetitive false casts was tiresome with such a heavy setup, so I needed a different approach.
With my 8-weight fly rod in hand, I made a couple false casts
and dropped my gurgler fly right in the kill zone.
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.
This usually entails making several 'false casts
' in order to get sufficient line airborne to reach the target area, during which the line and 'fly' pass close to the fisherman's head at very high speed.
Three false casts
of my cork popper got enough of the line out to reach my target.
It also helps to minimize false casts
. It's critical that you don't false-cast over the fish.
A "redfish taper" floating line readily available from various line companies for around $90 will cast large flies easier, with fewer false casts
. Or, maybe you'd be better off casting smaller, less wind-resistant flies to begin with, and sticking with the line that came on the Wind River reel.
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
. The other element of difficulty is that South Florida canals are often crystal clear and shallow and do not connect to navigable boat ways.