I hate casting in the wind. It’s hard to see the fish; it’s even harder to make quality presentations. Unfortunately, wind is a fact of life when it comes to fly fishing the Florida flats.
You can fish when it’s flat, but chances are you won’t get out much, if at all. So I’ve decided to deal with the wind — head on. One can dodge the issue by simply making a backcast into the wind and letting that extra bit of breeze do your dirty work, but sometimes, depending on the tide and position of the sun, that’s simply not possible.
The key, I’ve found, is line speed. I, put simply, didn’t have enough of it. The reason: I wasn’t investing enough juice in my backcast, which Dayle Mazzarella pointed out to me recently. To create more line speed and cast farther, you have to be able to carry more line on the backcast. That means you have to throw the line with a bit of force, so that it will straighten properly and load the rod. I took it for granted. Don’t. Mel Krieger and Gink and Gasoline have a couple videos on this. Remember, snap that tip!