casting

#1
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:
 

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
#2
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
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
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.
 

jobyksu

Long Drift Trouter
#7
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.
 

Old Man

Just an Old Man
#8
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.

Jim
 

Michael Thompson

the flavor of BADFISH
#9
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.
 

Old Man

Just an Old Man
#10
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.

Jim
 
#11
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.
 

Itchy Dog

Some call me Kirk Werner
#12
I fish with a guy who casts right handed but his reel is also intentionally set up for right hand retrieve.

Talk about awkward.
 

Richard E

Active Member
#14
I fish with a guy who casts right handed but his reel is also intentionally set up for right hand retrieve.

Talk about awkward.
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 . . .
 

Preston

Active Member
#15
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.