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I really wanted to use my flyrod today after seeing what looked to be good spots from the opposite bank yesterday. when I got out it was way too windy and too many trees overhead and behind me for a proper cast, but I thought I would try to cast like I was shooting under docks for crappies. It looked weird to alot of walkers and other fishermen but it worked.

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Hey Mike,  I use a sidearm cast to get a sponge spider under the brush on ocassion, usually works too.  Try to keep my line about three feet above the water thru most of the cast.........

Is shooting a fly rod casting side arm?

This is a common practice for tubers using fly rods in the dense vegetation as well. If you don't have a telescoping pole to play with, shooting the line is the only way to get to the prime spots while dealing with heavy overhang of branches, and tall weeds.

Chris, not what i was doing, I held the leader and pulled back then let go.

Steve, I do that alot but the trees behind me wouldnt allow it today.

I've never had a fly rod that was so bad I wanted to shoot it ;-)

Seriously, though, I've heard the kind of cast you were doing referred to as a bow-and-arrow cast. Haven't yet tried it myself as I can so easily imagine it would be my thumb that stopped the fly just after release. I've been in places where I've wanted to try it, though.

haha, i was a bit worried about hooking myself aswell but my hand was 3 or 4 feet away from the fly so it wasnt hard to get out of the way.

That sounds terrifying! haha

I like shooting docks but never done it with a fly rod. If it worked for you there sure isn't nothing wrong with it and I can also see these small hooks in my fingers.

mike  ive used that method a lot in my area; it works great if your in real tight places but you really need to practice it a lot

also a roll cast works real good to!!

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