Casting Tip June 2014

by: Bill Armon CCI

The Reach Cast


The Reach Cast – another way to add drag free drift to a presentation.  While this cast was designed with dry fly fishing in mind it will also help to present a sub-surface fly with less drag.  A normal back cast is made. This is followed with a slow and high normal forward cast. Immediately after the power stop, as the loop unrolls, reach the rod upstream.  As the rod is “reached” upstream the line must be allowed to slip out from the slack at the line hand or the trajectory of the fly will be changed.  If the cast is done correctly, the fly will almost seem to hover above the water. This is why the cast is slow and high.  The reach should be completed before the line and fly land on the water.  With practice the reach, (and the double haul), become an almost automatic part of fly fishing. They are well worth learning. 

 Hope to see everyone at the BBQ / fly casting at Tilles Park this month. There will be several certified casting instructors present so please ask for advice with any casting questions you may have. 

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Archive of Past Casting Tips


May 2014, The Pile Cast
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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