If you cast dry flies with the finesse and precision of an artist’s
brush on canvas, you may be in for a bit of frustration casting say a conehead double bunny or Dolly Llama.
After getting wet you may think such streamers weigh the same as a
bunny, and your sweet, refined as virgin olive oil dry fly motion, is at
best ineffective. At worst it might even be dangerous. The sheer
weight of the fly throws everything out of whack including that
timeless, effortless feeling of fly fishing.
The difference here is the #20 Adams is essentially weightless and the essence of this cast, is the more
satisfying than ice cream, tight loop. You are really casting the line,
and as the forward cast straightens out that beautiful Adams lays out
like a line of poetry, soft, gentle yet perfect. But casting the
dumbbell eyed rabbit streamer takes more of a sledge hammer mentality;
finesse gets you nowhere, that is until you change your motion.
Breaking it down further, when the back cast straightens out the bunny
abruptly stops and its weight causes recoil throughout your rigging,
thereby sabotaging the increased velocity of the forward cast.
might sound sacrilegious but the pursuit of the holy tight loop is
actually detrimental in this instance. The secret is to slow and
lengthen your cast, no more flipping paint off the brush. Instead of
abruptly stopping your fly, you want the change of direction to be as
slow as possible while still having enough momentum to actually cast.
Once the streamer is headed forwards its weight is your friend. To help
you do this, exaggerate your casting motion in both directions. Forget
the 10-2 o’clock mantra and move your hand further in each direction
until you find that timeless rhythm and you will find that same feeling
again. You will know when you are working with your rigging. Perhaps
not as fine as a paintbrush on canvas, but hooking that once a day
feeding lunker might make up for it.
To help even
more shorten your leader ,7.5’ is fine, and if you can over rig your rod
with heavier weight line. Or move up to a 7 weight or so rod.