| Fishing Rod Casting
The action of a fishing rod is the behavior of the rod while
being cast by an individual. The action of the rod may be the
same for all the people who cast with it and it may be different
for every person who casts with it. Very few casters cast
exactly alike. Their hand, arm, muscular and nervous systems are
never exactly alike and they consequently perform a cast with a
rod differently than any other hand and arm, etc. The action of
most rods will react substantially the same for all casters,
however. When a rod does not react the same for one caster as
another, the action of the rod for each caster is different.
That is, a rod may be called a stiff action by one caster and a
medium stiff action by another, and both are correct. The action
of a rod, then, depends directly on the particular caster using
it and may vary from caster to caster.
We will discuss rod action as it applies to fly rods, only. The
rod actions are only discussed in general terms.
Wet Fly Fishing Rod Casting
WEJT FLY ACTION: Years ago, a "wet fly action" fly rod was
considered to be a rod that was very limber and which bent
freely from the grip to the tip. The theory of such limber, soft
rods was that they allowed the flies to fall gently into the
water and the line to fall straight into the water. Either claim
has questionable advantages under many conditions. Gradually, as
the years have gone by, fishermen began to find out that these
old "buggy whip wet fly rods" were actually poor rods for
casting the wet fly and that rods suitable for dry fly casting
generally cast wet flies much more satisfactorily. Actually, wet
fly rods are non-existent today except when a maker turns out a
poor dry fly rod and sells it to some novice as a "wet fly
Dry Fly Fishing Rod Casting
DRY FLY ACTION: There are many ways to build a dry fly rod or
dry fly action into a rod. Most of these methods produce good
dry fly rods. I will briefly describe some of the better known
methods of producing dry fly action in a rod.
HEWITT DRY FLY ACTION: Edward H. Hewitt, as you undoubtedly
know, was considered the best fly fisherman for trout in the
world. There are those who are prone to minimize Hewitt's
abilities for personal reasons or self glory. However, I have
never known or heard of anyone from reliable sources who could
beat Hewitt for actually putting trout in a creel. Hewitt used a
rod with action or the bending in the lower or middle part but
not as pronounced as in the standard Dry Fly action. On a three
piece rod, for example, the upper half of the middle section and
the lower half of the tip have "level tapers", that is, the
tapers are slight. This leaves these areas a little stiff. Such
a rod has action all over but slightly more of the bending is in
the butt section, the lower half of the middle section, and the
top half of the tip.
Hewitt action is identical to the Standard Dry Fly action
described below, except that the variations in the "level
tapered" areas are less from a straight taper than the Standard
Dry Fly action "level tapers."
In one of the last letters from Hewitt, he wrote me that he
much preferred this type of rod to all others and that he never
was able to wear one out or soften up the action of such a rod
no matter how long he use it. This means something coming from
Hewitt. He not only had used rods of various types for a great
many years but used them a great deal ever year. As always,
Hewitt had Leonard make his rods and he always had the highest
praised for them.
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