Anyone who’s spent more than ten minutes with me knows that fly fishing is one of my life-long passions. It’s a product of my Montana upbringing. Long before Robert Redford brought Norman Maclean’s beautiful novella A River Runs Through It to the big screen, I was standing in the dirt lane in front of my childhood home trying to master the art of fly casting.
Finesse Versus Force
What makes fly casting unique is that it’s the line that’s being cast, not the nearly weightless artificial fly tied to the end of it. You see, the fly follows the line and the objective is to cast the line out so that the fly comes to rest on the water delicately.
Brute force has no place in this endeavor. It’s about rhythm and finesse. The harder we try to drive the fly out to where the fish are, the less chance it will happen. However, if we settle into the rhythm of the cast and work with the forces of nature, the more successful we are.