The Never Learning Story


Watch your backcast when training. A little bit of wading, heavy nymphs, long leaders, thin tippets, moderately or plainly long casts… on their own or combined, are a recipe for backcasts disasters

A new season is over and, again, it comes the time to reflect on successes… but mainly on mistakes. It isn’t about being prone to self-flagellation but about not succumbing to the same pitfalls next year.

So consider the following as a variation on the same theme started one year ago, and the list goes on like this:

14.  When nymphing always check for things above you. Overhanging structure that doesn’t pose any problem to casting dries could be deadly for weighted flies. Inertia they call it.

15. Check regularly your tippet for nicks or knots. In fact check the thicker parts of the leader as well: at times we have breakages in the 5X instead of the 7X further down. And I have a very very recent memory of that. Lazyness doesn’t pay off. 😞

16. Don’t be lazy in changing leader/tippet if conditions ask for it. Many times turning a bad drift into a good one is about tweaking your setup. Lack of motivation after a long period of slow fishing leads to lazyness, and the latter will never improve motivation. Paraphrasing Picasso: When inspiration comes I prefer it to find me working.

17. Moving to a new casting position with fly in hand and some line and leader hanging from the rod tip thinking of saving time isn’t a good idea. You will waste it instead. I should tattoo this one in my casting hand!

18. Learn how much you can pull before breaking your tippet. Afer a casting session on the lawn you can tie one of your fishing leaders to a branch, a park bench or any other “fish” you have available. Then pull using different rod angles. If you have a 4X tippet and pull with the rod butt upright be careful lest you break the rod tip. Never ending photo sessions surely kill fish, but some of them were already dead before coming to the net due to a never ending “fight”.

19. Watch your backcast when training. A little bit of wading, heavy nymphs, long leaders, thin tippets, moderately or plainly long casts… on their own or combined, are a recipe for backcasts disasters.

I don’t know about you but I will get back to this list frequently. As my good friend and mentor Prpa likes to tell me: You are young, you will learn. 😓😀

For a sequel go here.

6 comments on “The Never Learning Story

  1. tonyking74 says:

    Nice to know that these problems/ mistakes are endemic, thanks for making me feel better


  2. Marc Fauvet says:

    super-nice continuation, Aitor !
    i’m fascinated by that back cast 😆 i’m looking at all the details and guessing it mostly happened because there was too much slack line on the pick up?
    tell us more please !


    • Aitor says:

      Thanks mate!

      To be honest I was very busy shooting bursts of pics. As I say in the text conditions were tricky: longish casts and six m long leader with a two meter long 7X tippet.

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  3. […] the casting practice, I thought it was time to reread my own notes about some common mistakes and pitfalls, in order to keep them in my subconscious mind when on the water… then adding some more that […]


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