Casting Tip April 2014

by: Bill Armon CCI

The Tuck Cast

Spring and high water are probably coming soon. The tuck cast can help get a weighted fly deep faster than a traditional presentation can. 

The back cast is a constant tension or Belgium style backcast or any style that results in a good loop on the forward cast with a weighted fly or split shot. The forecast is thrown with a normal loop (not too small but not an open loop).  Next the caster must do several things to make the cast “tuck” into the water.  Stop high on the forward cast (and do not follow through too quickly) and over power the foreword cast using a directly overhand stroke.  These moves will cause the weighted fly (or split shot) to jump downwards at the end of the cast and tuck into the water. The fly will hit the water first and with enough force to immediately break the surface tension.

This is not a delicate presentation but in fast or hi water, when you want to get a fly down quickly, this cast can be very effective.

Hope to see everyone who is interested in becoming a better caster come out and practice before the meetings. New members especially are welcome! If you don’t want to cast join us for the tall tales and camaraderie.

Times are from about 5:30 to 6:30 so that we can all be at the meeting in time to get raffle tickets and a good seat.  

If anyone has a topic they would like to see discussed send them to and they will appear in a future newsletter.


Archive of Past Casting Tips


March 2014, More Casting Terminology
February 2014, Casting Terminology
January 2014, Tailing Loops (pt.2)
October 2013, Tailing Loops
September 2013, Forming Controlled Loops
August 2013, Identify Your Bottleneck (part 2)
July 2013, Identify Your Bottleneck - Correct Power Application
May 2013, What is Smooth
April 2013, Application of Power
March 2013, The reach and aerial mend casts.
February 2013, Mending
November 2012, Timing, Grip, and Hand/Rod Stop Position
October 2012, 5 things that will improve your casting

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