How to Fly Fish in Different Currents

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When fly fishing in different currents, it's important to understand how to do both a soft line mend and a hard line mend. Perform a soft mend without pulling on the fly with help from a fly fishing guide in this free video on fly fishing in different currents.

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Video Transcript

Today I'd like to talk about casting the line onto different currents and how to present the fly properly with the different currents and seams. This presentation here you can see the bad drifts going down through. There is a belly in the line which is not good creating the fly to go much faster than it is intended to do. To eliminate that it's called line mending which is pick this up, I am mending the line only. I'm not mending the flies. You see I softly straightened out that fly line and now the fly is being presented in a natural slow motion. You can actually see how much longer of a drift a proper mend gets. Again the mend is about mending the fly line, not the fly. So I make the long cast out, mend the line softly up. You can see my stick is a little high, following it down, straightening it. There is no belly at all. I'm leading that fly right down the river in a natural motion. That's how you can fish multiple seams without getting bad drag. I just demonstrated the soft line mend. Again you're always mending the soft line, not to the fly. Now we'll, I'll demonstrate a hard line mend. As soon as it hits the water you want to do that hard mend. Fishing with a little bit of a bow is okay. Fishing with a belly is not. Again you can see how the fly goes down naturally, swings softly and straightens out. Again what I'll do is I'll show a hard mend at this angle. The line's out, there's the hard mend. You lose fly presentation at the very beginning but that's okay because you will be able to create a nice long slow straight drift. It's not so much about the swing of the fly. It's how you properly track a fly. Now I'll show you the soft mend again, the one that I prefer for most of the time. It's out, soft without pulling on that fly whatsoever, just trying to stay in touch with it. Sometimes you have to bring a little bit of line back. Use the rod to control everything. That's the way to achieve a proper fly track through the seams.


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