A fly casting fishing rod is one of the most challenging ways to fish, but once a person learned to do it, it is also very rewarding. Before learning casting rod basics, it is important to understand the physical structure of a rod. The rod and the reel are separate pieces. The rod is the long part of the tool that bends and flexes. It has loops along the shaft to secure the fishing line. The line connects to the reel, which is the other part of the tool. The reel lets out and reels in the fishing line and is made up of the spool, the bail arm, the drag adjustment and the handle.
When learning to use a casting fishing rod, practice a bit before heading out onto the water. There should be a wide open space in which to practice. There should also be plenty of room overhead, so doing this outdoors usually works best. Set up an aiming point to get used to aiming for a specific location. This is not a necessity, but those planning to cast into an exact spot should practice their casting aim.
The first step for using a casting fishing rod is to attach the weight to the end of the fishing line. Once the weight is attached, hold the line in place with the pointer finger by pinching it against the rod. Right-handed people will hold the rod with their right hand and left-handed with the left. The rod should be grasped right below the reel. Open the bail of the reel with the opposite hand, but do not allow the weight to drop to the floor. If done properly, the tension on the line will prevent it from dropping.
Next, get ready to cast. A casting rod does a lot of the work, as long as the operator launches properly and is holding the line and releasing it as instructed. With the opposite hand, grab the base of the rod. Right-handed people with raise the rod and rotate it over their right shoulder so the reel is facing straight into the air. Thrust the tip of the rod forward using the wrists and forearms. When the rod is straight up, release the line so it soars into the air and out into the water.
If done properly, a casting fishing rod will surge the line out into the water, pulled by the weight. It does take a bit of practice to get this technique down, so work slowly and be patient. Those who have set up a target should aim for the center. Success means the weight lands in the center of the target. Keep in mind the size of the weight affects the distance the line travels, so when setting things up for a fishing expedition choose a weight of the appropriate size.
Choosing the right casting rod is especially important for fishing. A casting rod comes in several different styles including SpinCasting, Spinning, BaitCasting and Fly Fishing. The mechanics of each are different and each works best in a different situation, so evaluate the fishing location to best determine the right kind of rod.
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