How to Set up a Fly Reel – from Orvis and Tight Line Video

Great Video from Tight Line Video

Published on Sep 21, 2017

Article written by Phil Monahan of Orvis

Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions is always looking for better, simpler ways to do things–whether you’re talking about tying a specific fly pattern or trying to get a new line and backing on a fly reel. Here, Tim demonstrates his method for ensuring that he gets just the right amount of backing loaded on a reel, to make the most of the arbor’s diameter. As usual, Tim employs a little ingenuity and some unorthodox materials. While this process may seem complicated, if you watch all the way to the end, you’ll discover that once you’re set up, the actual loading of the reel is a breeze.

No such thing as a bad cast

From David Mayl, via Midcurrent

We’re fly fishing, not casting. Fish every cast.
Just today I had this conversation with a client. He hadn’t fished in a year and was rusty. His casts were less than perfect but probably better than most. Again and again, he’d pick up a perfectly fishable cast that he didn’t think was good enough. There is no such thing as a bad cast on my boat. If that fly hits the water you’re fishing, so make the most of it. “Fish that cast” has become my mantra (I have many) when I’m on the oars. What you may think is a horrible cast probably was–I don’t mind saying that I’m a terrible caster, by the way—but the fly is in the water and that’s where the fish are. So leave it and start fishing. I think a problem with folks sometimes (and again, me included) is we spend way too much time re-casting a perfectly good and fishable presentation because of what we thought of our cast.