Ready Position Video

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Photo by Louis Cahill

Photo by Louis Cahill

The ready position is the most fundamental skill in saltwater fly fishing.

Saltwater fly fishing has been described as, “long periods of boredom punctuated by brief periods of panic.” That can certainly be true. I personally never find it boring and with a good ready position you can cut way back on the panic.

I don’t know who came up with the idea of the ready position, but they were brilliant. This one simple idea eliminates at least half of the things that can go wrong in flats fishing. You usually spend most of your time hunting fish and when you find them things happen quickly. Bringing fish to hand depends on making a good presentation as quickly and effectively as possible.

A good ready position will help make that possible. When done correctly it helps minimize false casting, keeps your line from tangling, your fly from fouling and a handful of other mishaps that can ruin a good opportunity.

Check out this video to see how it’s done.

Louis Cahill
Gink & Gasoline
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2 thoughts on “Ready Position Video

  1. I would add to also stand barefooted so you are certain not to stand on the line coiled at your feet in the excitement of making that first cast. Use good sun screen to avoid sun burned toes

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