Fly Casting Techniques - Roll Cast

Roll Cast

You will find yourself using this cast more than any other when fishing a small stream for brookies in tight quarters. When you have a stream with a lot of overhangs and foliage there just isn't enough room for an over head cast. The roll cast can be done best with a double taper line.

Roll Cast



1 - Lift your rod tip up slowly, when your rod tip is slightly behind you stop and wait a moment. This will let your line set in the water and help you load your rod.

2 - Speed up your forward stroke and then quickly stop your rod tip. This is called the speed stroke.

3 - Let your fly line roll out in front of you. Your line should for a loop and then straighten out before laying on the water.

Practice as much as you can. This cast can make your fishing experience more enjoyable.