Fly Casting Instructions

It is a pity that the traditions and literature in praise of fly fishing have unconsciously hampered instead of expanded this graceful, effective sport.  Many a sportsman has been anxious to share its joys, but appalled by the rapture of expression in describing its countless thrills and niceties he has been literally scared away from attempting to master the difficulties which he assumes must attend such an art.  And thereby he has barred himself needlessly from an infinite wealth of sport and enjoyment.

This is especially evident—and unfortunate—in the lake and river regions of many of our Middle Western and Southern states, where probably through the absence of trout and salmon, fly fishing has not been widely adopted.  Here bait casting is the prevailing method and many good anglers have never even seen the fly in use.  Too bad, for every species of game fish in these regions will take the fly as readily as the heavier baits and will provide the keenest of sport!

Still, in full justice and understanding for those who so zealously have glorified fly fishing, even though they have thoughtlessly overshot the intended mark, Weber is bound to agree that delicately wafting a feathered morsel to a far off spot in the water is indeed an art of the finest, meriting the most lavish of description and giving scope to all the skill and finesse that the true artist may crave.

But in equal justice to those who have been frightened from its enjoyment, Weber must assert with utmost emphasis that no considerable difficulties stand in the way of easy mastery of fly manipulation.

In fact, nearly every  obstacle is in the mind alone—particularly the dreaded bug-bear of long and discouraging practice.  Moreover, first principles can be learned to the point of becoming a practical, correct and successful fly caster in virtually a single self-directed session!…In further encouragement, the beginner may take the Weber word for it, that with the proper start, he will find even the finer points adding themselves almost automatically to his accomplishments without the disappointment in progress such as he might possibly fear from his experiences with gold or billiards.

Decidedly, then, the beginner’s first step is to dismiss all doubts and to accept the assurance that leaning fly casting is truly easy—far easier in fact than bait casting—and that he can not only readily master its mechanical execution but can almost immediately catch fish!

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