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Howdy there...I have been a lurker for quite a while and finally decided to chime in. I just started to fly fish recently. I have done plenty of fishing, just not fly fishing. Caught my first with the fly rod down at the Eno today. I have been out a few times with no luck till today...I'm still getting the casting down. I had a few questions for yall experienced fly fishers. A couple times in my back cast, I snapped the fly right off. I wasn't near any trees, so it didn't hit anything, the line just snapped and took the fly off. What is the best way to prevent this in my cast? Was I just casting too hard? Was it just a poor knot? I haven't had that happen before. It seemed to happen just as I was finally casting the line a good distance away from me, too! Also - I am headed up towards Bryson City this next week. I know that the Tuck is a good place to fish, are there any other rivers worth heading to up in that area. I'm not looking for your secret location or looking to catch a monster, I just want to put a few trout in the net. Even if they are tiny! Thanks!
 

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You didnt let your back cast unfurl completly. You bull whipped it for lack of a better term. Let the back cast fully develop and then use the gained leverage advantage to propel the rod forward. if you hear a snap in your back cast your "bullwhipping" it. Hope this helps, welcome and good luck to you.

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I agree with "bullwhipping." There could be some other factors... A good backcast is important and when you are learning the best thing to do is to angle your body so you can watch the line unrolling in the air behind you. Just as the unrolling is about to occur...start the forward cast. Back cast and forward cast should be the same amount of force. If one was to be stronger, I'd make it the back cast. However, the most important cast for stream fishing may be the roll cast and "water hauls" rather than false casting aka "hollywood casting."


There are plenty of creeks around Bryson. Deep Creek in Smokies, Alarka, upper sections of the Nantahala. Tuck may not be as good now since delayed harvest is over. Even during dh, the easily accessed areas get pounded pretty hard. Some of the folks that fish that area may have better updates.
 

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I wouldn't throw anything less than 2x tippet for streamers and poppers and would probably use 3x for foam products. Some mono leaders are garbage and are prone to break. I use the high dollar Rio flouroflex. I only break stuff off using flouro if it is 6x. BTW, what are you tossin on the Eno?

Each person has there own idea what constitutes a great fishing river or experience. I'd just as soon hit a warm water river as a cold one. I would stick around local and try the many streams in your area. There are a righteous amount of rocky and picturesque streams loaded with fish right in your backyard. BTW, the Tuck is a mountain river with much more volume than the rivers of the Piedmont. Large/high vol. river wading will give you another bag of issues to deal with.
 

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Not much of a fly fisher myself, but I am glad you have joined us on the forum.

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Welcome to the site!

Although I'm new to fly fishing as well, I've devoted lots of time into learning. Roll casting will be beneficial for not snapping that line, but you'll need to pick up the false cast at some point in my opinion.

What did you catch today?


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You shouldn't hear a snapping noise at all when casting. That usually means you're starting your forward cast too soon. There really should be almost no noise when you cast. I'm guessing to you were only fishing with a certain amount of line. Maybe 20ft or so? When you back cast and cast forward too quickly it does create a whip type reaction that can snap your fly right off.
 

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Hey there, I'm new to the forum as well, but am an experienced fly fisherman from the great lakes tributaries and smaller streams. I actually work in Treyburn and often walk down to the boat launch at lunch. If you happen to be around there sometime let me know, I'd be happy to help you work out your cast, and show you a few other methods as well. What's in the river there, anyways?
 
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