Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Zack Dudley, Oct 29, 2009.
Very true! As a lefty I can vouch for that, which is why I use a right handed rod.
I always thought it would be funny to master casting left handed and then enter a casting competition. If I won I could say: "I am actually right handed" in honor of The Princess Bride.
Ya, but then you would need a SIX fingered rod along with the left handed,...I'm pretty sure they don't make one of those.
I've found that if my mechanics and timing are off on my dominant side (R) that a switch to the left forces me to think about my casting technique, which normally results in the "oh yeah, dumbass" lightbulb coming on.
Being able to cast from both sides should be a skill every one should work towards, IMHO.
And, "you killed my father, prepare to die."
Yeah, try being left-handed AND female. How much trouble do I have finding a left-handed women's rod?
I remember taking this casting class and having the genius instructor ask me why I was holding the rod in my left hand.
I told him it was because I'm left-handed.
I was thinking about this thread a bit...being a lefty, but casting with my right hand. I think for me, more dexterity is needed with my left hand for stripping and line manipulation. Who knows maybe I am just weird, ok, no maybe.
You're in trouble. You might as well just switch to gear fishing. bawling:
Right is right. I've sold and/or loaned reels to anglers who are left hand retrieve. I ususally do them the courtesy of unspooling, reversing bearing directions and respooling. Sometimes putting on a lot of backing and a line with left handed winding is a long chore. In some of those instances left winding was so painful I had to take a beer break.
I'm betting you grew up using right-handed casting/gear reels . . . I grew up using spinning reels, and a cast right/retrieve left 'feels', well, right.
This is where those STH cassette reels have no peer . . .
To change direction, flip over the gear, re-install the gear (super simple), flip over the cassette, and done. Don't have to mess with the line or the backing. The STH cassette reels are awesome loaner reel . . .
There really is no wrong or right, whichever works.
I'm right hand dominate, but I reel better left hand...why? My left hand has certain assignments it performs well, it releases the emergency brake free, it holds the nail before the hammer strikes, it holds the screw before I do the power drill, it holds the fork while I carve the roast, it scratches my left ear better than my right hand, and if you have been doing something left handed for some time, it will naturally be better than the right hand ....and Mumbles don't go there :clown:
Yes my friend, you've got me interested in those cassette types. Next time my father in law is here on his way from NH to AK I'll check his out a bit more closely. He uses, and has used, those STH in two different sizes for ages. He travels with two reels, a BUNCH of cassettes with lines up and down the weight spectrum and three to five rods. He is one of my globe trotting fly fishing idols. Besides that he is super cool. You've got me thinking.
wow zack, look at the thread you started, nice. I dont think it matters what hand you use just get the fly in the water and in front of the fish.
No kidding, I see this alot it seems like you would have to switch hands while fighting a fish. There is already too much going on for my capacity.
Yes I did, the old ambassador and Pleuger medalist, still have both!!
I swing both ways, man.
Since I've determined I'm a better caster left handed, I took the time to respool my line and setup my reel for right hand retrieve so I could try the left-cast right-retrieve thing. Wow, was that a mistake. I was fumbling with the reel like it was my first bra-clasp in high school!
Casting left still goes great, but my dominant hand simply can not deal with little clockwise revolutions. I kept trying to reel counter-clockwise, and it wasn't ever smooth. Guess I'm going to have to learn to deal with the rod handover.
For all you lefties (including six handed lefties and women) there is
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