If you read through the IGFA’s fly-fishing rules (igfa.org), you should get a good idea how to set up the tackle, but there are many nuances of the game that some people aren’t familiar with, which is understandable. Recently, I read an article in the IGFA’s 2012 World Record Yearbook that could confuse the reader about the proper way to present a fly. It gave the rules and regulations about the presentation of the fly, and then had a caption stating that the fly should be cast from a dead boat. That is not really the case. The rules clearly state that “the craft must be completely out of gear at the time the fly is presented to the fish and during the retrieve.” That doesn’t mean that the boat is stopped dead in the water. After pulling a 60-foot sport-fisher out of gear at trolling speed, the boat will travel at least 100 feet before coming to a full stop — even in a head sea. A fly angler can cast the fly anytime after the boat is out of gear. Consequently, I try to keep the boat going ahead as long as possible by leaving one engine in gear until the very last second before my angler casts, so that there’s still a fair bit of momentum on the bite. This helps the angler get a solid hook set. From another boat, or in video footage, it might look like we are trolling the fly, but, as the rules state, we are out of gear before the angler makes the cast and presents the fly.