the power stroke…

Check out Fly Zone’s Jim Solomon releasing on the forward stroke. Watch how far back he gets his hauling hand prior to the release. Everything matters when it comes to distance, one small error in the system and all the forward energy gets interrupted. This is poetry in motion…. – Al Q

a picture is worth…

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After a few sessions with the Fly Zone, Titano Cruz got to try his hand at some saltwater flyfishing this past Monday with John Whitaker and Al Q. T made a nice cast, soaked the fly, stripped, fought and landed his FIRST fly caught fish on fly, a spunky calico bass. WTG dude, looks like you didn’t enjoy it too much…lol Photo by Al Quattrocchi

only the shadow knows…

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It is a good idea to check your back cast. Good back loops are the key to a successful presentation. A knowledgeable casting companion is worth their weight in gold. However, most of the time we are casting by ourselves. Watching your back cast is great but it is not a great habit to develop.  I like to watch my shadow and snap some photos of it. A picture is worth a thousand words and certainly not “fake news”. Pinch your fly line on the rod and use your non casting hand to snap a photo right when you stop the rod on the back cast. It is a little tricky but if I can do it, so can you!  – Jim Solomon

stay in the zone…

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Practice, practice, practice. It’s the only way to make your casting look effortless and your loops smooth and tight. I try to cast at least once a week with my friends just to stay in shape. It is always a good idea to downsize your outfit so you can work on your technique without fatigue. Practice like you fish, NO YARN!!!  put a fly on the end of your leader but bend back the hook and barb. Try to stay consistent in the length of your leader setup, especially if you are sight fishing. Cast when its windy. Practice casting over your opposite shoulder for when the wind change direction. The Flyzone will help you practice correctly so when you do get that opportunity to fish in big fish country, you are not intimidated, you are ready to play with the big boys and seal the deal. Consider a lesson or two with Jim and me. We love taking anglers to the next level.

-Al Q