Overhead Cast Single Hand

We’ve said several times in our fly fishing blog that overhead casting is the most basic method, and the one favoured by most angler. It is highly versatile and the same technique can be adapted to work in any plane, from the horizontal to the side, to the backhanded.

In addition, the overhead cast can be tilted to cope with wind from the front and from the rear. It can also be false cast in the air to gauge distance, extend your line or dry fly.

This whole range of casts is actually based on two casts, and not just one. Each sequence requires a back cast, followed by a forward cast - which makes two casts. Straight line casts are excellent for long distances and can be very efficient, to boot. Plus, they can benefit from hauls and double hauls (we’ll be covering hauls in more detail later).

A single haul is when the line is accellerated by pulling it through the rod to coincide with the peak of the casting stroke. This greatly increases the bed of the rod, and therefore the speed of the line. For a back haul you haul the line back then feed it into the back cast before hauling again on the forward cast.

The terms describing how the rod hand works during this fly fishing technique, and a mantra that will help you learn the rhythm is: together - apart, together - apart (common in UK) and down - up, down - shoot (USA).

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