Every fly Fisherman out there or beginner fly fish needs to know how to gain the upper hand on the trout with a nicely placed cast. Where going to look past the basic overhead cast and focus more on other cast to be able to put on your back pocket and use in a situation where it is needed to perform.
There roll cast is very commonly used on creeks and streams because sometimes you cannot do the overhead cast without getting stuck in limbs behind you. It also works really well if you’re just looking to reset your fly really quick.
Hows It Preformed?
Step 1: Hold the fly rod out in front of you and make sure there are no tangles in your fly line.
Step 2: Bring the fly rod tip back so that a small segment of line hangs loosely behind your casting shoulder.
Step 3: Move the fly rod forward gradually; slowly at first, then speed it up steadily.
Step 4: Stop when the rod tip is still pointing slightly upward and watch the loop unroll.
That’s the basics to the roll cast and with practice you can become a better fisher in tight situations on the creek or stream.
The Water Haul Cast
This cast Is used mostly in windy conditions where you may need a little more power behind the line so you can still have accurate cast.
Let’s go over the steps how this cast is preformed
Step 1: Allow your back cast to fall onto the water momentarily behind you before making your forward cast and the second haul.
Step 2 As the forward cast resumes, the tension of the fly line being pulled off the water puts more load into the fly rod. The forward cast then shoots out with extra speed as the compressed rod straightens out at the end of the forward stroke.
Step 3: Don't allow a weighted fly to sit on the water for more than a brief moment, or it will sink too deep to allow you to snap the line back off the water.
The last two cast are better preformed when fishing for nymphs lets learn a little about Dry Fly Cast.
The Reach Cast
The Reach Cast overall goal is to have a nice cast without mending your line allowing for a drag free cast. You use a normal overhead cast but as you see the forward loop you extend your arm to one side of your body allowing the line to drop softly with the fly. It’s almost like mending while the line is in the air. Laying the line above the current allows for that notorious dead drift we all look for without having to mend and drag the fly giving it an unnatural look.
All of these techniques are just a few to add to your skills. There are many more techniques to use. Remember practice makes tight lines! Feel free to drop a line and comment or add your own techniques. Until then Thank you for reading and good luck!