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The Basics: Presentation - Part 11 - Bounce Cast
When you cast across current that is moving at different speeds, different parts
of the fly line, leader and tippet are going to drift at different speeds. Typically,
when this happens the current will jerk a loop in the fly line and put the fly into
overdrive. To prevent the fly from dragging, you must add some slack in the line
between the fly and the tip of your rod.
The easiest way to do this is to use the bounce cast. To make a bounce cast
you simply stop the rod tip high in the air when the loop unrolls and keep it there
until the fly falls to the water. When the fly hits the water, drop the rod tip down
to the water.
You need to make a regular overhead cast with as tight of a loop as you can
make. Its is a mistake to slow down the cast or to have a very wide open loop.
You want the cast to be made with as much line speed and accuracy as you
would normally make when you completely straighten out the line, leader and
tippet. When the rod tip is stopped high in the air, the line tends to "bounce
back some'. It actually doesn't have to bounce back. If the fly just stops when
the loop unrolls and falls to the water before you lower the tip of your fly rod to
the water, you will end up with plenty of slack line. The line, leader and tippet will
fall to the water in curved shapes.
When you make the cast with enough speed and abruptness in stopping the rod
tip, the fly will bounce back accordingly, adding even more slack in the line,
leader and tippet. The bigger the bounce, the more slack line you have. If you
want to put a lot of slack in the line, pull back some on the rod tip when the line
When you practice this cast, you will learn to adjust the amount of slack in the
line to the conditions of the current. Remember, that the fly still must fall to the
water above the fish or area of water you think the fish are in. You must
visualize a target beyond and well above the fish to get the fly to drop in the
right position. If you don't your fly may land short of where you want it to land.
This isn't a difficult cast to master. It just takes a little practice but again, it is the
degree of accuracy that you can perform the cast with that counts. To get the fly
to fall with plenty of slack in the exact spot you want it to fall in takes a lot of