Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: steelhead country
...I know that there are many fisherfolk out there that can conduct a Single at far greater angles than 45 degrees. However, I cannot help but to poke fun about the Single because of how adamant many folks are about it being THE cast, yet in reality, when it comes to steelheading, it has the least amount of latitude concerning the line/fly combinations that it will handle well.
I use the Single myself for covering short distances, but if I had to eliminate from my repertoire of casts any particular one it would without a doubt be the Single, as the alternative casts offer more actual function for steelheading.
That function is being able to conduct casts at angles greater than 45 degrees with fast sinking sinktip lines combined with large and/or heavily weighted flies and managing this with a large degree of CONSISTENCY and precision. A major requirement for presenting flies in a more broadside manner rather than a downstream attitude, is that one's casts land with a high degree of straightness and minimal "slack" so that the fly begins "fishing" immediately and also so that one is able to establish contact with, and control of the fly as soon as possible.
So, when does one implement presentations that are at angles greater than the "classic" 45 degrees? Well, that has to do with many combined factors including, but not limited to: water speed, water temps, particular race of steelhead. It is a subject that cannot possibly be explained in just a couple of sentences or even paragraphs. For now, it's just one of those things that you have to invest some time figuring out for yourself, or if you are lucky, learn from someone that knows the subject!
As far as demos at Claves go... it really isn't all that difficult to understand people becoming mesmerized and enthralled by those long, "pretty", Singlespeys - they truly look cool, hell, AWESOME! But, as an "angler first/caster second" type person demo-ing "fishing casts" it can be a bit of a frustrating situation.
Last edited by Riveraddict; 12-05-2006 at 12:15 PM.