Hey guys, I've done some searching, and I've had a tough time finding much info on beginning a cast. I've read lots of posts and articles, watched videos, etc.
I'm totally new to two handed rods, and frankly quite novice with fly fishing in general. I started about a year and a half ago when I was living in BC for about a year. Most of my fishing out there was in small mountain lakes in my float tube for cutties, or surf casting on beaches, not a lot of flowing water experience.
Now I'm home in Ontario. I want to get into steelheading, and I wanted something that I could also use for bass and other species in brushy rivers and other tough conditions. So naturally I started looking into spey options. I found what seems like a crazy deal on a beginner setup, and I pulled the trigger. Swinging flies seemed like a good place to start? Specifically I bought an 11'6" 7wt Cabelas TLR, with Rio
I did a bunch of research and hit the river, and luckily no one was around to watch lol. Went home, did some more research, built a "grass leader" and tried some casts on land. After about an hour of lawn casting, I was tossing pretty consistantly 60-70ish foot casts and I felt like that was a good start, and I wasn't sure how my anchor or rod load would be compared to actually being on water, so I seemed like a decent first session.
Went out today, it was a mix of some decent fishable casts (maybe 70feet) and horrible failures.
I think one of my issues was I was wading to deep.
One question I have is my tip choice. I was using a medium iMOW (2.5flt/7.5't11) and I'm wondering if it's too heavy. Rio
says medium is recommended for 475-575gr and the head on my chucker is 465? I didn't have a tip on when I was lawn casting, so I'm not sure if that the difference.
My other question I've had a hard time finding an answer to is starting my cast. As a rule of thumb; where should the head of the line be in relation to my rod tip (ie: head "x" amount of feet outside of the tip of the rod, flush with the tip, inside the guides "x" amount, etc). And does this "starting point" change depending on the tip choice?
Sorry for the long winded backstory and probably dumb questions, I appreciate any sort of guidance you guys have to share!