Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Zack Dudley, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. Zack Dudley Take em'

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    Do the majority of people that flyfish cast right handed or left handed, orr BOTH like me :thumb:

    I dunno why but i was wondering if i was an outcast that casts pretty damn good with both paws or not ha just curious:beer2:
  2. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    Used to be a left handed caster only. Practiced with the right. Now I'm equally crappy with both. Crappy, but capable of casting with whichever arm is more advantageous for the conditions.
  3. Zack Dudley Take em'

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    DUDE thats like me too! maybe thats why we're always in a skunk??? haha just jokin! but yeah i broke my right wrist and learned to fish left handed now i just fish with the hand thats not tired
  4. Nooksack Mac Active Member

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    Of course, most of us fish our (single-handed) fly rods with our master hand (which in my case is the left). The rare attempts with my weak-side hand felt feeble and badly coordinated. When a strong side wind forces me to cast from the downwind side, I do it with my arm across my chest, accepting the loss of maximum distance.

    When I got into spey casting, I had to learn to cast from either side. To my surprise, that ambidextrous spey casting came easily. Spey casting with my right/weak hand up is perhaps 5-10% weaker.
  5. Split Bamboo Member

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    I fly cast with my right hand, gear fish with my left. And for what its worth, I am a natural lefty.
  6. Zack Dudley Take em'

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    wow i thought there would be more right handers its kiinda crazy ha LEFTYS RULE!
  7. jobyksu Long Drift Trouter

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    I initially learned and still cast primarily right handed. I put in the time and effort to re-learn left handed (off hand) and found that all of the things I knew about casting a single hander was much easier to learn correctly without that stinking muscle memory of bad habits to overcome.

    So, I'm a bit better caster left handed, but still cast right handed unless the situation demands otherwise. Security blanket/confidence thing I guess.

    Of course, it could just be that I haven't taken the time to switch my reels to right hand retrieve.
  8. Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I fish with my right arm and reel with my left hand. I'm such a klutz that if I tried it the other way around I would probably be all thumbs.

    Been doing it this way for as long as I have been fishing. About 65 years. I started when I was about ten.

  9. Michael Thompson the flavor of BADFISH

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    I cast with my right and reel with my left. when I practice casting with my left arm, I have no problem with the timing or the stroke but for the love of god I can't figure out line control with my right hand, I hear its pretty comical to watch.
  10. Old Man Just an Old Man

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    You want some comedy. You ought to watch me tread a fly and then try to tie a knot on the leader to attach the fly to my line/leader. In quick time it takes me about 5 minutes to get it done.. And sometimes it doesn't get done. It is my shakes that take over when I try someting that is close to the fly.

    It get frustrating sometimes but if I stick with it I can get it done. It's the size 18 and 20 size flies that give me all the trouble.

    Maybe this is the reason that I don't go out anymore.

  11. Allison Banned or Parked

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    Always with the left. Drives me nuts to borrow a reel and have the "bringing in of the fish" part with the wrong hand.

    I have ways of dealing with being on the wrong side of the creek that involve wading out and/or casting the wrong direction up/down the creek.
  12. Itchy Dog Some call me Kirk Werner

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    I fish with a guy who casts right handed but his reel is also intentionally set up for right hand retrieve.

    Talk about awkward.
  13. Nozzelnut New Member

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    Both my Grandfather and Father fish like this.

    I don't get it.
  14. Denny Active Member

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    I'll bet if a poll were taken, most folks that cast right-handed also reel right-handed. A particularly high percentage of saltwater fly fishers reel right handed. As klutzy as it might feel, a person can reel faster with their dominant hand. Saltwater folks more often encounter conditions where reeling quickly to gain line on a fish is important. I can reel more quickly right-handed (after a little practice), but it just doesn't feel right to me so I reel left-handed. It doesn't make logical sense to change the rod from one hand to another just because the reel has to be wound . . .

    The ol' rub the head and pat the belly and then changing the sequence routine . . .
  15. Preston Active Member

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    Historically, all fly reels were set up for right hand reeling; on many, perhaps most, it was not possible to reverse the setup. The classic Pflueger Medalists and the Hardy Perfect come immediately to mind. For God-only-knows what reason, Lee Wulff began promoting the idea of cast right/reel left in the 1950s, an idea which has never gained much traction with saltwater big-fish fly anglers who rightly feel that reeling with the (in most cases) dominant hand works best.

    I think the idea gained a lot of popularity in the post-war years when most anglers had cut their teeth on spinning reels (almost universally left-hand-wind) before turning to fly fishing. I grew up with right-hand-wind fly (and baitcasting) reels and don't feel that I have ever lost a fish due to the dreaded "switch-hands" maneuver.
  16. Porter Active Member

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    I cast right and reel left. It feels more natural, but another reason is when you have a hot fish on and you are running down the bank of a river with large rocks or other debris I like to use my left hand for balancing as I maneuver and holding the rod in my dominant hand. As I stumble around my left hand is there to break a fall if needed, damn fish make you work some time...CHUM! :beer2:
  17. Chris Johnson Member: Native Fish Society

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    I'm one of those that casts and reels right handed,( Ido cast left handed when needed). Switching hands seems so simple when I can reel way faster with my right hand. I't takes a split second, most of the time I'm not even aware of it happening. Whne a fish is running right at me, it's a no brainer
  18. BDD Active Member

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    Thank you Preston. For too many years friends have made fun of and even chastized me for casting and reeling with my right hand. It always felt more natural to me. I don't ever recall losing a fish when swithching hands.

    Now I can tell them all to get bent. :rofl: Besides usually catch considerably more fish than they do. ;)
  19. Zack Dudley Take em'

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    Ha nice! im going to switch mine next time i go out to see how i like it ha, i was trying to make a poll but i couldnt figure it out ha
  20. oldskool Guest

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    I've only tried it (lefty) when I couldn't cast normally because of structure. I do like fishing with lefty's though. Reason being, if there is a spot that I can't get a quality cast to right handed that requires distance, my lefty friend can usually get there.

    However, I wouldn't want to be a lefty. I hear left handed rods are hard to come by.