Back Issue Discussions Bow and Arrow Casting

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    chf
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    Great article on the Bow and Arrow !
    I’ve used the end of the fly line as the hold point since reading Georges Daniels book and its a great technique , but the Roll Cast by Bow and Arrow is completely new to me and looks a great addition to the casting armament . Thanks v.much Brad for sharing .
    I find that though I cast right handed I always hold the rod with my left when Bow&Arrowing and have the line in my right ( I’ll assume Tim Wright in the pics is the same ) but then I have to swap back if I hookup as I can’t yet play a fish with my left holding the rod nor manage the line with my right hand.
    Its a bit of a conundrum as I’ve almost never got a fish onto the reel in places where I’m Bow&Arrowing and have to play them by hand , and often with the short distances the take is nearly instantaneous causing a few seconds of panicked hand swapping while trying to keep the line tight and and the fish away from structure .
    Any solutions anyones come up with?Or is it just practice practice practice.
    Chris

    #608652

    Brad
    Member

    Thanks for the feedback Chris.

    I’m discovering that the Bow Roll Cast is new to most people. It is a beauty though where trees grow low right across a pool and a normal roll cast isn’t possible. I have one project fish in just such a spot, which is how I was compelled to merge the two techniques.

    I now hold the rod with either hand and switch depending on which plane of fly/line travel will work the best for me in the given situation. Generally with close quarters fishing I don’t use the reel, so can strip with either hand to control line. I don’t give them much slack either as it’s often pretty snaggy and I like to take the fight to the fish, Morsie-style.

    Yes, practice is good, and it’s one cast you CAN practice at home inside šŸ™‚

    #611159

    harry-melkonian
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    There may be another side to the Bow and Arrow cast. I recall reading about it in the early 1980s and I briefly used it while being guided at a very nice fly fishing resort in Idaho. My guide said nothing as I used this cast to negotiate around low overhanging trees and extensive bushes.

    However, when we returned to the lodge at the end of the day, I saw the guide speaking with the owner/manager. Later, after dinner, I was taken aside and politely asked not to use the bow and arrow cast again. The owner explained that it was a rather low class way to fish and that it was not something they would like at the resort. While I was rather surprised at this and still think it was an over-reaction, I am now of the opinion that this gimmicky casting is not too far removed from fly fishing with sonic lures equipped with treble hooks. Yes, the cast works – but it is without grace or elegance. Of course, this is just my opinion.

    Harry Melkonian
    Vaucluse NSW

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