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Old 09-04-2017, 04:00 PM
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Splashing is easy to fix, just do the same thing only higher up
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Old 09-04-2017, 04:56 PM
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Splashing is easy to fix, just do the same thing only higher up
Indeed . When I am tired I can lose my concentration when lengthening the line I can forget to change the trajectory enough - the outcome is a splat on the surface .

Or use a side-arm cast and go low, again being careful not to hit the water
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Indeed . When I am tired I can lose my concentration when lengthening the line I can forget to change the trajectory enough - the outcome is a splat on the surface .

Or use a side-arm cast and go low, again being careful not to hit the water
We all talk a good game and know how to do it on forums, but the reality is usually a hard tiring day till eventually, finally, a rise! and...tired arm, windy, pulling the running line out of the grass only to cast short because your standing on it, and splash, of course if it takes the fly its all skill
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We all talk a good game and know how to do it on forums, but the reality is usually a hard tiring day till eventually, finally, a rise! and...tired arm, windy, pulling the running line out of the grass only to cast short because your standing on it, and splash, of course if it takes the fly its all skill
Ha,ha don't I know it . One of the fish I caught at the end of my day last season - the very rare rise seen that day. I splatted the first cast rushing, thinking Oh S--T! it's gone. Next cast was much better and no rise before the cast and it still grabbed the fly .
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Three weights and a lot lighter are my most used rods. Just give it some time try to work on speed rather then power, that said that goes for all rod weights. The benefit for using lighter rods is when you do splash your line you probably would have made a bigger splash using a heavier line weight..

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Many thanks for all the advice. Sorry I have been away hence the late reply.
Yep, I think proper lessons are the answer. I'm based in Edinburgh so I'll have a look around for a decent instructor.
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Hi, having always used a 4/5 weight line for my river fishing i decided to buy a 3 weight to offer more delicate presentaion and less splash.

Took it out on the river yesterday with my 3weight greys streamflex and what a disaster. My casting was atrocious, like right back to day 1 week 1 beginner, with the line coiling off in a heap. I just couldn't seem to get any smooth rythum going and generated no load or power.

Can anyone offer some help as to how best to cast lighter weight lines? It was driving me mad!

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Yes. Go back to the 5 weight and even try a 6 weight. Much easier to control in a wind and any line can be made to land gently. On Ogden Day I use a rod from the 1870's which demands a 7 weight. It lands as delicately as any other line. If you want to be sure of a gentle landing cast as though the surface of the water is up at shoulder height and use a leader four yards or more long.

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Many thanks for all the advice. Sorry I have been away hence the late reply.
Yep, I think proper lessons are the answer. I'm based in Edinburgh so I'll have a look around for a decent instructor.
Let me know what you find - after my first outing down the Tweed a couple of weeks back - I was thinking of the same thing!!
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Yes. Go back to the 5 weight and even try a 6 weight. Much easier to control in a wind and any line can be made to land gently. On Ogden Day I use a rod from the 1870's which demands a 7 weight. It lands as delicately as any other line. If you want to be sure of a gentle landing cast as though the surface of the water is up at shoulder height and use a leader four yards or more long.

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Given mass,gravity and acceleration, I think yer on soft ground Richard.

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