Piling the leader up in a mess short of the target? If this happens to you fairly often, then you are likely rotating the rod too far on the forward delivery stroke. Try this – pick a spot several feet behind your intended target and cast to that spot. This will likely solve your problem and your leader will roll out straight and plop that fly right on the target.
If this doesn’t resolve the issue for you, then it’s a good bet your backcast is causing your trouble. Simply put, get that backcast up. Easier said than done sometimes, so it’s a good idea to find a qualified casting instructor in your area to help you sort it out.
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