When I first waded the flats some years back, one of the Bahamian guides explained to me that I should have a good amount of line out on the water at all times, and if I wasn’t fishing, I should have the fly pinched between the thumb and forefinger of my non-casting hand. That way, he explained, if I saw a target fish, I could quickly load the road and, within a false cast or two, place the fly on target and be in the game .
In the video above, TU’s Kirk Deeter explains this even better. If you can cast 40 feet of line in four seconds, he says, there’s not a single species of fish an angler can’t catch with a fly. It’s good advice, and it’s worked for me in the past. I’m sure it will again.
— Chris Hunt