|....................... ......Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park
The Basics: Presentation - Part 12 - Pile or Parachute Cast
Another way to get plenty of slack in the fly line, leader and tippet is to make a
pile or parachute cast. This is similar to the bounce cast that we went over
yesterday. This cast only works when there is little to no wind. If you try it on a
windy day, your line will end up in a big mess.
Instead of making the normal overhead cast whereas the line unrolls parallel
with the water, you cast the line upwards. The backcast is make lower to where it
almost hits the water or ground behind you and the forward cast is made more
like you were trying to hit a bird flying in the air than the water. You want to
make the cast at a slow to moderate speed. When the line, leader and tippet
reaches its maximum height, drop the tip of your rod to the water and the line,
leader and tippet will collapse and fall to the water in a pile. This will create a lot
The cast is useful in a number of situations. One is when you are casting across
fast water to slow moving water. By the time the fast current pulls the line
downstream, the fly has drifted drag free towards the target.
You can use it when you are cast to water in an eddy whereas the eddy takes
the fly upstream while the main current takes the slack line downstream. It is
about the only way you can cast across fast water into an eddy and get your fly
to drift drag free in a upstream direction in the eddy.
This biggest disadvantage I have found using this cast is that it is difficult to
make with a lot of accuracy. I tend to get to much slack or not enough. It does
take a lot of practice to get it down to where it is consistently made.