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I have found the side cast, and here, to be very useful in the situations you describe. I spent a number of years fishing small streams in the Blue Ridge of VA, and this type of cast gave me better reach than roll casting. I also favored a 6'6" rod in 1 or 2 wt. The short length of the rod kept me out of a lot of overhanging vegetation, but it also limited ...


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To answer your question, "Which two handed fly casting style should I learn?" the answer is all of them. After you've learned every style then you'll know which one suits your needs best in any situation, but whenever you have something behind you I always recommend the roll cast, which is very effective with a double handed rod especially. As for what gear ...


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Your rod will take longer to unload and shoot the line under these conditions, giving the line more time to fall. Since the extra line weight will cause your rod to behave as if it has a "slower action," you will need to slow down a bit and open your cast as well as cast higher on back cast. The magnitude of the effect will depend on the he rods listed ...


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Fly lines have special coatings that help you cast and manage the line on/in the water. Under ideal conditions you would use an older line for practice on the land because repeated contact with the ground, vegetation, sticks, etc. will damage your line: Rough spots will not shoot through guides as smoothly as unblemished line. This will have a negative ...


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Another good cast for small streams with lots of bushes is the water haul, described in this blog post at Gink and Gasoline. It basically uses the water tension to load the rod, like the roll cast, but you cast towards the opposite direction from where your line is lying (no d-loops). You start with your line straight downstreams, which creates the tension, ...


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When I first began fly fishing I learned in the parking lot of Bass Pro Shops (free weekend class). After that, I went home and practiced in an empty field. After practicing for a while I replaced the tippet but never touched the fly line itself. Of course, YMMV - but that's my experience


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The bow and arrow cast is also effective, you can't cast very far but that's generally ok when there is a lot of vegetation to hide behind


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