Fly Fishing Basics | Part 2

In Fly Fishing Basics part 2 we take a look at the two building blocks of fly fishing:

The Roll Cast and The Overhead Cast

The Roll Cast

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  • We use ‘clock face principal’ where your rod tip is pointing to the water at 8 o’clock and pointing vertically at 12 o’clock
  • Grip the rod as if you are shaking hands with someone
  • Start with the rod tip at the water (8 0’clock)
  • Lift your rod to the 12 o’clock position with your thumb, pointing vertically, just off your right eye (assuming you are right handed; obviously reverse this if you are using your left hand)
  • The line should now form a loop behind your shoulder (D loop) with the rest of the line still on the water in front of you (the anchor point)
  • Now accelerate your hand forward, stopping firmly at 11 o’clock. The line should now straighten and flow out over the water

That’s it! Congratulations, you’ve just made your first roll cast.

The Overhead Cast

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  • Again using the clock face principal, start with the line straight on the water with the rod tip pointing to the water at 8 0’clock
  • Lift the rod slowly and as you get to 10 o’clock start to speed up to a firm stop at 12 o’clock
  • Pause and count one, two while allowing the line to straighten
  • Now accelerate forward to a firm stop at 11 o’clock
  • The line will flow out over the water so follow the line down with the rod to water level

Congratulations, you’re now ready to catch a trout!

Roll Cast & Overhead Cast Video


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‘Til next time, happy fly fishing. 😀

Tim Gaunt-Baker



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