Practice Your Casting
Casting ability is a big factor in your success on the flats. Our guides will help you spot the fish and get you into position, but in the end, it’s all on you to deliver the fly to where it needs to be. We highly recommend that you take the time to get out and practice in the weeks before coming down here.
Below are a few tips of what and how to practice:
The Double Haul
Being able to double haul is critical to casting in the windy conditions that are a staple of the flats. There are many online videos that explain this cast, and the pros at your local fly shop are a great resource in learning this skill.
Minimize False Casts
Flats fish are typically in motion, so you may only have seconds to deliver the fly before your opportunity is gone. The ability to quickly load the rod and shoot line without making unnecessary false casts is key to maximizing your chances of catching fish.
Practice Situational Casting
Fish on the flats are not always encountered at 10 o’clock with the wind at your back. Although your guides will try their best to put you in a favorable position, you often have to make casts quickly and in difficult situations. Practice casting with different wind angles, and work on your back-cast, too.
Fishing the flats is a physically demanding activity. It is often necessary to wade long distances through muddy-bottomed flats in waist-deep water to get a shot at a fish. Just standing up on the bow of the boat requires good balance and utilizing muscles that are rarely used in other circumstances. Exercising and preparing your physical stamina will make a big difference in your ability to fish and finishing your trip as strong as you started it.