Casting Tip May 2014

by: Bill Armon CCI

The Pile Cast

Last month the tuck cast for getting weighted flies down quickly was discussed. This month we will talk about a dry fly cast that is very similar to the tuck cast.  Instead of tucking the fly under the water this cast places the fly on top of the water with lots of piled up leader to allow for a longer drag free float.  The most common name for this presentation is the “Pile Cast”.  It will work across or downstream but is most effective for upstream fishing or for going over a very fast stretch of water to fish a slower pocket.

Piles of slack tippet and leader are placed close to the fly. This is accomplished by using a low back cast followed by a high forward cast. This is a slow gentle cast compared to the tuck cast (although the motion is very similar). Drop the rod tip at the end of the cast, while the loop is still unraveling. The air resistance of the fly should cause the fly to flutter down. The tippet and leader should pile up near the fly. If the caster does not drop the rod tip the slack will be pulled out of the line before it hits the water.

This cast does take some practice but it is very effective.  Stop by the casting area before the meeting for practice time. Casting instructors will be there to help with any questions.

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.  

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Archive of Past Casting Tips


April 2014, The Tuck Cast
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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