Over the years my job as a guide has prompted me to find the simplest ways for anglers to improve their cast. Anglers that can cast well, typically fish well. One without the other is not enough. A good fisherman without a good cast is wasted talent.
The rod grip jumps out at me as one of the easiest improvements to the fly cast. There is no timing or tempo to master. Just use the right grip and learn to move it up or down the fly rod to dramatically change the rod's action, and function for whatever task is at hand. Challenges on the water vary greatly even from spot to spot, and the knowledge of how and when to alter your grip is invaluable.
#1 Tip for Gripping and Improving Your Cast
I encourage you to watch this video, absorb each tip. However, if there is ONE thing I want you to know its that every beginner/intermediate caster should start with a strong "thumb over" grip with their index finger under and behind their thumb. Grip high on the cork for 90% of your fishing. This will help the rod load with ease, and improve your consistency, accuracy, and line speed.
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