Re: Feeding Tarpon - one other thing

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Posted by Dan Blanton on 2013-04-14 15:58:40 in reply to Re: Feeding Tarpon posted by Dan Blanton on 2013-04-14 15:46:11

It's been mentioned but I'll mention it again - never fully release the running line with the line-handling hand. When you shoot line let in flow through a semi-closed palm. If you just haul, shoot and release control of the running line two things can happen:

1. one, if you realize you'll over-shoot the target you have no way of stopping the fly so it lands on target.

2. If the wind is howling it'll blow your shooting line away from the rod and you won't be able to grab your running line to start the retrieve. You'll be groping around for it and the fly wont' be moving and... well, to late...

Always keep control of the running line with the hauling hand. This goes for mangrove bank casting too. Clamp down on the running line if you know the cast is going to be long with the fly ending up in the sticks; or will soar way past the right spot on a tarpon coming into range - or one laid up for that matter.


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