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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Trout Tips: It starts with the grip

Trout Tips: It starts with the grip

It all starts with the grip. With the thumb on top, both casting and battling fish are easier.

Editor's note: The following is excerpted from The Little Red Book of Fly Fishing, by Kirk Deeter and Charlie Meyers.

In golf, nine of out 10 swing flaws can be traced to your hands and
how you hold the club. The same is true of the fly cast. It starts in
your grip. You want to be firm, without over-clutching the handle. The
line goes where the rod tip directs it to go, and your grip dictates the
direction of the rod tip. Because of this, line your hand up so that it
can control how the rod flexes. Hold your thumb on top of the grip,
then snap those casts. If you visualize looking "through" your casting
thumbnail, odds are that the line will unfurl right through that window.

— Kirk Deeter