Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Northern California
There are probably a number of ways to manage it, but you should START with the fact that your fly should be in FRONT and off to the side of you during the anchor- it will of course depend on exactly what you are trying to do (a little) but on average think at a 45 degree angle from the direction you are going to cast out in the river, and about a rod lenght or more away from you along that line. If you have placed your anchor correctlym there are still all kinds of embarrassing things you can do - you can hook your D loop behind you and smack yourself in the back with the line, or you can fire off your cast on a line that crosses your anchor line and tie a pretzel - but in most cases unless you blow your anchor you will not hit your rod or any tender body parts with the fly on the power stroke. On a bad snap T with a weighted fly, yes, you can do some serious damage.
So I'd say tend to your anchor first. The best way to do this it to actually look! You should be laser-focused on your anchor right up to the start of the power stroke. %80 of trouble issues, when not explicitly caused by your anchor position, can be decoded by looking at what is going on there, if you learn the signs. If there is any mystery about this when you cast its because you aren't actually looking. But the most imediate benefit may be that, if you are actually watching, you can stop and redo your cast before the power stroke when your anchor just as isnt right, and before you get more battle scars.
Also, don't cast big weighted flies until you know how to cast well enough, and are confident enough, so that this problem isnt even on the radar anymore would my advice.