Fly Casting Techniques - False Cast

False Cast

The false cast can be used for two different operations in fly fishing. First it is used to help in changing directions between casts. It also helps us to set and determine the desistance of the cast to a given point. The false cast is repeated three or four times to help us move to the right or left, not letting it lay on the water until our final cast. Second it is a great cast to use to help dry out a water logged dry fly.

False Cast



1 - Lift the fly line off the water as in any normal cast.

2 - Let the back cast unroll behind you until you feel a slight pull backwards on the rod. Your line should make a small loop.

3 - Bring your fly rod forward but do not let the line settle on the water. Wait until the line is out in front forming a small loop. Repeat all movement until you are ready to make your final cast.