A Preparation Outline to Your Next Guided Fishing Trip
Batnuni Lake Guides and Outfitters offers guided fishing trips on the Blackwater River, as well as a number of the surrounding lakes within the region. With that being said, there is no better time then now to start thinking about a guided fishing trip for your next outdoor adventure.
The preferred method for fishing in the area is the use of dry flies. Fly fishing involves the use of lightweight flies made from fur and feathers. The fishing line is made with a thick PVC or urethane coating that adds lift. It’s the line, and the energy coursing through the line during a cast, that carries the fly through the air. Although it is not required to be a skilled professional with this technique, it does prove beneficial to practice casting in order to get the most out of your guided fishing trip. Here are a few tips on fly fishing techniques and tactics to help you get started.
The most commonly used technique used during a guided fishing trip is known as the overhead cast. This casting method involves two different motions: the back cast and the forward cast.
During the back cast, keep your shoulders square and grip the rod with your thumb facing upwards; place your four fingers on the bottom. Pull roughly 25 feet of line from the reel and lay it completely straight. Begin with the rod tip facing downwards, and in a smooth motion surge the rod upwards then back. When the rod passes a vertical position, stop the momentum. Hold the rod in this position as the line unrolls and rises into the air behind you. The forward cast now begins.
After the line is fully extended behind you, pull the rod forward in a smooth motion, stopping roughly half way down to allow the energy to transfer into the line and send it forward. As the line unrolls forward, lower the tip of the rod. This technique will take some practice in order to perfect, but any practice will benefit you during your guided fishing trip.
2. Follow the Foam
A river’s foam line will communicate to the fisherman two very important things. First of all, it lets you know where the main current seams and flow lines are located. If the water flow is moving the foam, it’s a safe bet to think fish are also moving along the same route. Secondly, the foam line conveys how good or bad your drift is. If your fly is moving faster or slower than the foam you have a drag issue. You can gauge how much of a drag issue you are having by measuring the difference in floating speeds.
3. Short Range Casts
When practicing casting for your guided fishing trip, take extra care in learning a good short range cast. A tip to help you with this difficult cast is to overweigh your rod by one line weight. This will help make those short range casts easier and more accurate. Many have a propensity to make longer casts than needed, and often end up casting over a good fish. A long cast will greatly increase the likelihood of drag problems, because your line will be crossing more current seams.
4. Don’t Immediately Re-Cast
If your cast doesn't land exactly where you want it to, don’t rush to rip your fly off the water, doing so could frighten any nearby fish. Unless the fly lands a great distance away from your mark, or directly in an area you have already fished, just relax and fish out the drift. Take this time to asses what caused the problem in your cast.
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