Making an Effective Short Presentation

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Most angler worry about casting distance, but an effective short cast is often the most challenging.

I once heard a captain say, “If you think casting a fly rod a hundred feet is hard, try casting one ten.” There is a lot of truth to that. I often see anglers struggle and fail with the short presentation. If you can learn to do it well, it will catch you a lot of fish.

This is never more true than when flats fishing. When disability is tough the action can get very close. Even big fish like tarpon can suddenly appear at your feet. The ability the make a short presentation, which is quick, accurate and free of slack can turn frustration into triumph.

I don’t know anyone who teaches this better than Bruce Chard. In this video Bruce goes over the fundamentals of making a tight loop and a perfect presentation with a short line. Put these tools in your bag and you’ll fish like a pro.

Watch the video and learn to make a short, accurate, slack free presentation.


Louis Cahill
Gink & Gasoline
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3 thoughts on “Making an Effective Short Presentation

  1. Years ago, at a fly fishing meeting in West Yellowstone, Bob Jacklin gave a single sentence admonishment that I still remember…”always practice your casting into the wind.” That really does make sense if nothing more than distance management, and paid off during a number of years fishing off Islamorada. With both the fish and the wind seemingly always coming from the East, you had better be a good caster into a 10-15 mph wind. And, it’s not just a distance thing because if your fly is thrown three feet off target because of a sloppy, weak loop, you probably won’t catch fish. On the bright side, your tarpon cast will often be a short one, so fly placement is a little easier.

  2. Agreed…… Think about casting into 35+ trade wind down in Turks and Caicos all day long….. great fishing, but the you gotta play the wind….

  3. Pingback: Tippets: Making Short Casts Count, Galloup on Hook Choice - Pesca y Bits

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