Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Dexter Casting Club
The Dexter Casting Club is meeting on Monday nights at Hudson Mills Park in the stream pool adjacent to the walking bridge. 7 PM until dusk.
I meet on Monday nights through the winter at the Beer Grotto in Dexter where a hardy half dozen gather to guzzle stout and tie flies. I'd say we tell trout (or steelhead) stories but really, there is a great deal of tying in silence.
The Casting Club is an extension of the Monday night effort. Not a club as such. Just a drop-in casting fest with targets.
I've been on the Huron once in the last two weeks for smallmouth.
I haven't been up north fishing trout due to work and spousal social obligations. This weekend, I have a big blow-out graduation party for the daughter of one of my close fishing buddies and while I might grouse a little I wouldn't miss it for the world.
Even with trout-crazed bears, life can get in the way of trout dashes.
Casting on Monday night is at least a way to handle gear and improve skills.
I'd love to be more proficient with my single-handed Spey casting now that I am using OPST heads. After using light tapered line like Wulff TT for so long, the heavy headed OPST stuff takes a little adjustment on light 3 and 4 wt rods.
I do cover more water, though.
So, my snake roll is a little sketchy this year. It could use work. Mine is always a little sketchy.
I'd like to get a better accuracy out of cross-body cast. I'm over powering it.
I need to get my wiggle cast to be more consistent. Ideally, I draw the exact same wiggle pattern each time so my management of where to set the fly is better. I'm all over the map with it now and my terminal accuracy is not as tight as I'd like. I'm going to need this cast on slow slicks.
Always something that I could do better with the fly line.
Going west, I'm going to need to tune my Belgian as well. I haven't had to really pull all that hard on the horizontal since coming to Michigan. I'm getting soft. A 30 mph blow across the Lamar will make me want to have that puppy doing all the tricks.
So, Casting. All of us non-commercial fishermen can use some tune-ups once in a while.