Sunday Classic / The Belgian Cast

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Bruce Makes The Tough Shot

This cast saved my life last week!

You know that feeling you get when you watch a school of bonefish swim away while you squirm and wrench your arm out of socket trying to get your fly out of your back? Yeah, me too. Casting with a strong wind off your casting shoulder is the toughest shot in fly fishing. Well, our buddy Bruce Chard is back to show you how to take that shot like a hero. It’s called the Belgian cast and it can save your day so watch and learn.

Louis Cahill
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5 thoughts on “Sunday Classic / The Belgian Cast

  1. I like showing this cast to new fly anglers, especially when they’re throwing Indi-rigs and multiple flies. Other than keeping the flies from smacking them in the back of the head, it helps keep those flies from becoming a tangled mess. Most of the time anyways….
    The bonefish guide I went out with a couple years ago referred to the Belgian as the “Wall” cast. When he was taught this cast he was told to think there was a wall behind him. On the back cast he would say “under the wall”, and on his forward cast, “over the wall”. Thinking about it this way actually helps me keep this cast clean.

  2. Great post and demo. Important for trout fishing, not just salt water. Our TU chapter FFF casting instructor, Ken, teaches this cast to us and to our boy scout merit badge candidates.

  3. We have always called that one the “awful oval cast”.

    The other one for wind into your casting arm is the “backwards cast”, where you turn and face your normal back cast area, which allows the wind to blow the line away from you. Obviously you want to turn your head and lay your cast out on the back cast, which is actually your fore cast.

    These casts and others were essential where I guided in Tierra Del Fuego because the wind is often 20-70 mph. And yes it’s possible to fish 70+ mph wind but you must choose your water well so casting angles are possible across and down wind.

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