Grip & Casting Diagrams

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There are numerous casting techniques you can use when you go fly fishing. The important thing to remember is that it takes practice to perfect these casts. Check out the two below to get you started!

Grip: To be able to cast properly, it is necessary to properly grip the fly rod and reel and to control the fly fishing line and fly as you cast. The most common, comfortable and effective grip in fly fishing is to extend your thumb along the cork, pointing it toward the tip of the rod. Imagine you are holding the rod parallel to the ground with the reel down in its natural position. Your thumb should also be parallel to the ground as it presses against the cork while you hold the fly rod. Think of the rod as an extension of your forearm.

Holding a fly fishing rod and reel

Back and Forward Cast
This is the basic first cast that every fly angler initially learns. This cast is great if there is plenty of open area behind you and when you need to move your fly further out into the water. You can even practice this cast on land in a backyard, park or open field.

Pull out line instructions

Bring the rod tip back instructions

Watch your back cast until the line unfurls

Just before the line straightens out entirely, bring the rod forward again

Roll Cast
This is a more advanced casting technique that is a great option if there isn't an open area behind you. This cast should be practiced on the water.

Hold the rod out in front of you and make sure there are no tangles in the line

Bring the rod tip back so a small segment of line hangs loosely behind your casting shoulder

Move the rod forward gradually; slowly at first, then speeding up steadily

Stop when the rod tip is still pointing slightly upward and watch the loop unfurl