Single Underhand Cast 1

A disadvantage of the underhand cast in fly fishing is retrieving and managing the shooting line. On the one hand, the cast is efficient, especially with sinking lines because it allows the angler to travel light (the shooting heads are joined to the running line by loops and you can easily fit a variety of lines into your pocket.

While it’s better to use optimised tackle, you can practise the underhand with any rod and line combination. Combined with a range of line densities, the underhand cast offers you wide choices and the possibility of casting well in even the most restricted of spaces.

Let’s begin with the single handed underhand cast. This cast is effective and elegant, and easy to learn. From the fished out position raise the rod slowly to 1 o ‘clock and briefly check. Next, accelerate it back to roughly 11 o’clock where once again it’s checked before being allowed to drift backward to about 2 'o' clock. At the same time a "D loop" or belly of line is formed below the rod.

The forward stroke starts from there. The line and leader should be in the water and your delivery is by smooth and fast acceleration in an upwards direction. To make the cast you should stop at 11 o’ clock so that the line lifts cleanly. This is the most basic form of the cast. It will will you into the rhythm of making the rolls correctly with 30 feet or so of your fly fishing line and 12 feet of leader.

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