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