On a blustery day several years ago, I learned a lesson about wind. Casting a large heavily weighted streamer, with the wind on my casting shoulder, the line drifted in the wind, enabling the fly to wrap itself painfully around my ear. I thought I had earned myself some jewelry, but luckily the hook point missed my ear.
Fishing in the wind can be dangerous and frustrating. Your line is moving off course, blowing back in your face, making that rising fish unreachable, and casting potentially unsafe. So, what do we do?
The following tips will help you avoid a piercing and reduce the frustration of casting in the wind:
3. Understand the effect of wind direction on the line and adjust.
4. Casts and Variations
Bonus Tip: On gusty days, time your casts between gusts. I’ve fished in several situations where the wind had a rhythm, blowing for a few minutes and then dying long enough for a few casts. Recognizing this pattern, and fishing the lulls in the wind, can be very fruitful and limit the frustration.
MidCurrent has a great succinct discussion and nice video from On the Fly productions that provide great visualizations of the casts above and really drive home most of these tips.
As a leader in RRTU and a member of Fly Fishers International, Brian believes fishing is a gateway to conservation and knows that