Roll Casting

Use the roll cast technique when there is no room behind you to cast. You can practice this cast on the water.

Roll Cast Technique

The roll cast is a very efficient and effective cast if you plan on fishing on creeks or streams. The primary purpose of the roll cast is to give you the ability to cast when a backcast is not possible. The roll cast technique is also effective when there is a stiff of wind at your back or need to just quickly reset your fly. Follow these four steps to get started on practicing how to cast in tight spots:

  1. Hold the fly rod out in front of you and make sure there are no tangles in your fly line.
  2. Bring the fly rod tip back so that a small segment of line hangs loosely behind your casting shoulder.
  3. Move the fly rod forward gradually; slowly at first, then speed it up steadily.
  4. Stop when the rod tip is still pointing slightly upward and watch the loop unroll.

Safety Tips

  • Wear sunglasses or other eye wear when fly-casting so the hook doesn’t accidentally snag your eye. Polarized sunglasses will cut the glare on the water to help you see fish.
  • Go fishing with a buddy.
  • Wear a life jacket when fly-fishing in lakes or streams.
  • Moving water can be especially dangerous, use proper waders and always be careful when wading. Stay away from dams

Content courtesy of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources