Droppin’ Some NYC

Yesterday I went fly fishing in Central Park with author and distance casting expert Randy Kadish.

Tiny bass. We targeted the wild largemouth inhabiting the park. The fish are pretty cagey since it’s a catch-and-release fishery with a lot of pressure. I had follows from big fish that wouldn’t commit to my woolly bugger.

The bluegill came out in force. I hooked one that jumped like a bass.

Randy displayed his distance technique. He ripped off accurate 95-100 foot casts with his six-weight intermediate line.


Casting over the temporary fence.

11 thoughts on “Droppin’ Some NYC”

  1. great blog post pete .. thats what i love about fly fishing .. no 2 scenerios are the same … sometimes its about big fish in beautiful nautural setting .. and sometimes, in the case of manhatten fly fishing in central park, its about the experience and being able to say you have … and catching anything at all is a bonus … i often travel with my fly rod and often, even if i don’t really have the time to fish hard or really expect to catch anything, i will take a couple casts for memory sake and get a pic … i have a cool shot of casting of some pier in sanfransisco, ca with the golden gate bridge as the backdrop … woulda been cool if i coulda hooked a striper (i think they are in there) but the picture alone and the memory were good enough …

    i actually hear they do get some pretty good size bass in central park .. and fishing in central park is not really just a novelty … true? … what else swims around in there? must be some perch and whatnot?

    one more thing? … if you could only say 1 key thing that you learned about “distance casting” from your time spent with randy .. what would it be … ? just curious .. great post.

  2. I enjoyed Randy’s book both for the novel and the casting tips in the back of the book. It’s great you got a chance to take a look at his casting first hand. That had to be pretty darn cool.

  3. The best advice I got from Randy was, after he watched me make about a 65-70 foot cast (easily a good 30 feet short of his), if it works for you, don’t change it. But as far as shooting for distance, when dealing with a lot of line on your back cast, not to let the line completely straighten but to catch it right before the loop uncurls so that the line doesn’t sag and lose momentum. Does that make sense? I shot some video but I have to see if it comes out.

    I watched a guy pull a six-pound bass out of there once on a worm. A lot of two-pounders in there, and tons of bluegill and, some guys have told me about chain pickerel. Also, big carp and, believe it or not, giant goldfish.

  4. That’s a cool oasis in the middle of the madness (well it’s madness to me at least) There are more people in the background of that last picture than I see in a week around here. 😉 Do you ever have to worry about hooking baby strollers with your backcast?

  5. Backcasting is a huge issue, no doubt. It’s cast, strip in, wait a minute or two for people to pass behind you, repeat. And the shore lunch comes from the dirty water hot dog stand.

  6. The last thing I want to do is hook somoene, so I always look behind me and always fish the Meer during the week when it’s not crowded. Usually I cast sidearm. Soon I’m hoping to buy a switch rod so I won’t have to worry about back casts.

    As for waiting beginning the forward cast just before the back cast loop unrolls, this is something I learned from the great distance casters Brian O’Keefe and Jim Gunderson.

    If you’re making a long, false back cast the line will unroll pretty quickly so if you wait for the loop to completely unroll, the line will start to sag and you’ll have slack which means when you begin your forward cast your rod will not immediately load. (If you’re casting a large or heavy fly your line will bounce a bit and you’ll get even more slack.)

    When making shorter casts the line unrolls much slower, so then I wait for the back cast to completely unroll and gently tug on the rod tip.


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