For many a fisherman, dreams of finding a wide shallow river, with slow moving water, a beautiful landscape and a large catch at the end of the day are worth the effort it takes to learn trout fishing. These are dreams that are not always easy to achieve. River trout fishing can be a bit challenging yet it can also be the best trout fishing experience you may ever have.

When learning how to fish trout, it is important to start with a double taper dry line. It is the easiest fishing line to start out with, because it is much stiffer than other fishing line, does not get stuck or tangled and glides easily off the pole. Tangling is one of the main points that can aggravate a new fisherman. Starting out with a line like this not only allows you to perfect your style and have a bit of fun at the same time.

Casting techniques are important. It makes the difference between a tangled useless fishing line, to one that flows through the wind and water with ease. One mistake a lot of beginners make is overcasting. Allowing time for the line to leave the pole is important. Back casting is one of the hardest to perfect, because it is very easy to overcast and even under cast. Give the pole just the right amount of forward thrust is crucial to this casting style.

In the condition where the cast is into the wind, it is best to use a roll cast. Why a roll cast? It is more of side motion that cuts through the wind instead of working against it. The motion and technique is a little easier to control than the back cast. Raise your hand to the 1 or 2 o’clock position and position the pole so the line is behind it. Once this position is held, thrust the pole forward and then backward. The line will start to create an arch behind the fishing pole. As the line accelerates forward, allow your arm to reach the nine thirty position. At this point stop. The line will tighten as it is casted downward and out. If the first cast does not work properly Try it again, but ensure the line is fully behind the rod to get a good downward motion to it. If the line is moving straight out, then the starting position of the line is not far enough behind the pole. Keep practicing this method. In time you and your pole will reach an understanding.

One cast I am sure many of you have seen is called the false cast. It is where the line is moved over the water back and forth without actually touching the water. This method is often portrayed in films. The 1992 movie “A River Runs Through It” is one of those films that depicts fly casting in all its glory. False casting is the best method for simulating an insect flying over the water before landing. The method involves both the pickup and lay down cast without touching the water’s surface. Keeping the line in this motion before the ten o’ clock position is reached is an important part of this cast. It is a tricky method and takes the most time to learn. Keeping the fishing line extremely clean is important when performing this cast. A dirty line will weigh the line down and make it very difficult to keep it above the surface.

What is the best cast? It is any cast that works the best for you. When you find a comfortable cast that you are able to control, then you know you found the right one for you.

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