This wasn't the video I intended, but we were too much the fishing piggies, leaving the video to the last day of the vacation when we were stuck with high winds and surf that had been blown up by an offshore storm.
So this video is a much reduced version over what I planned, but it still manages to show a few things.
I use either an aerialized setup cast, usually a Spey or Roll cast, into one or two false casts to work out line before the forward cast.
I also use a water load where I use a setup cast to set the line on the water shooting the entire head out in the process. I then lift into the backcast, slip line and make the forward stroke.
Both work and the latter is often better when the wind is blowing.
I'm often casting heavily weighted clousers, as I was here for part of the video, so I keep the casting stroke broad with a relatively low stop to produce a more open loop. Helps keep the clouser away both from the rod and my skull.
My high hand position might not be a style some would like but it offers some advantages. Despite what some would think, this is not a painful way to cast as I can keep it up all day, simply by staying relaxed, don't pound the rod, and let the bottom hand do most of the work (even though that's not obvious in the vid).
Some reasons for it:
- deep wading
- avoiding obstructions like berms behind me
- casting over big surf
- keeping the fly farther away from me
- don't clunk my bottom hand on the stripping basket at the rod stop
- better angle for the line to exit the stripping basket
But one of the most compelling reasons happens when the wind blows into my right shoulder. I don't go left hand up or cach handed, I just tilt the rod over my head and leave most of it over my left side while my hands remain on the right. I'm still making a right handed cast, only the line and fly remain on the left.
Unfortunately the wind wouldn't let me demo it here, but perhaps later on, I'll do some lawn casting and video how it works, if anyone would like to see it.