Tim Rajeff: Casting in the Wind

17 May

I absolutely love getting my weekly e-mail newsletter from the guys at Deneki Outdoors ( ).

From bonefish tips to salmon and rainbow fishing in Alaska to steelhead fishing in British Columbia to great fly fishing photography tips, the guys at Deneki produce an amazing amount of GREAT content each week.

Ok, so I rarely get to do any of those things mentioned above. But I can live vicariously through a newsletter, right?

And at least I’m prepared if and when the chance does come.

Like this week when the Deneki newsletter contains a sweet little video and summary article on casting in the wind.

The bona fide fly casting expert showing how it’s done is none other than Tim Rajeff, who in my opinion, is simply one of the world’s greatest fly casters in any conditions.

Rajeff – a retired competitive caster who has hosted the L.L. Bean “Guide to the Outdoors” television show and owns ECHO Fly Rods – gives a great lesson on Deneki Outdoors’ “You Tube Channel” on how to deal with and how to cast successfully in the wind.

Regardless of what direction it is blowing from.

If you’re chasing bonefish in the Bahamas; out for tarpon in the Keys; looking for permit in Belize; casting to carp on Lake Michigan; or heading to the Texas Gulf Coast for redfish; then you’ve simply got to watch this video.

It’s good stuff, trust me.

Better yet, trust Tim Rajeff and the staff at Deneki Outdoors.


By the way, here’s a cool little excerpt from this week’s Deneki Outdoors newsletter that summarizes what Tim is teaching in the video:

Here’s the summary of what Tim covers in the video.

  • For a right-handed caster, the easiest situation is when the wind blows left to right – the line is being blown away from you.  All you have to do is change your aim.
  • When casting into the wind, use an easy, open back cast and a hard forward cast.  On the forward cast throw a tight loop, generate high linespeed, and aim your cast down so the fly turns over just at the water.
  • With the wind at your back, consider a rollcast!  Otherwise use a quick, tight backcast and open up your forward cast.
  • The hardest situation is when the wind is blowing your line into you.  Cast sidearm if the wind is modest.  If the wind is stiff, cast with the line off your other shoulder, or present the fly on your backcast.”

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2 responses to “Tim Rajeff: Casting in the Wind

  1. deneki

    May 21, 2012 at 6:10 am

    Hey guys, thanks so much for the kinds words on our newsletter – very much appreciated.

    Have fun out there!

    • hunting365

      May 21, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      You’re welcome. Keep up the good work. Maybe one day I’ll get enough coins saved to take a trip with you guys. Tight lines!

      Lynn B


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