Time to learn the basics of the fly fishing cast.

It’s been more than 25 years since Robert Redford brought Norman Maclean’s semi-autobiographical novel, A River Runs Through It, to movie theaters everywhere – introducing many for the first time to the serene and spiritual sport of fly fishing.

The soothing sound of the water, the captivating scenery, and the appeal of being one with nature have lured legions of anglers to the trout-filled waters of the Rockies ever since the movie’s release.

While it’s easy to forget your cares wading into the rivers, brooks, and streams of the Ranch Creek Valley, you must also forget everything you know about traditional fishing. Fly casting is more challenging than a conventional cast, as you must work with the weight of the line, not the lure, to achieve your desired distance.

“Casting is an art that is performed on a four-count rhythm between ten and two o’clock,” stated Maclean, who used a metronome to teach his sons to cast in the movie. Although some anglers prefer a sidearm cast to the more common overhead cast, mastering the four-count rhythm is still the fundamental first step in learning to fly fish.

With so many private waters just steps from Devil’s Thumb Ranch – and with our recent designation as an Orvis-endorsed fly fishing lodge – there’s never been a better time to grab a rod, reel, and one of our expert guides to teach you what is sure to become one of your favorite pastimes here at The Ranches. Getting started – is as easy as 1-2-3-4.

To book a lesson or fly fishing trip, call the Activities Center at 970-726-8231.


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