.......................  ......Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park


The Basics: Presentation - Part 14 - More on the Reach Cast

The most basic and the most effective cast to use in most cross current
situations, is the reach cast. I use it more than any other type of cast. It is easy
to master and very effective.

Don't forget the basic line control principal.
When the fly line starts to unroll
towards the target you are casting at, it will continue to do so in spite of
what you do with the tip of the rod as long as you do it after the line
begins to unroll and of course, before the line completely unrolls.

You can shake it, roll it, curve it, reach it, maneuver it up and down or side ways
and the line will continue to head towards the target. If you let it straighten out
when it is still in the air, it will negate the things you have done to it. It must
reach the end of its roll (completely unroll on the forward cast) with the curves in

To refresh you memory, to make a reach cast, you simply make an normal cast
and then reach the tip of the rod to the right or left when the line is unrolling.
When you reach out, you have to allow enough line to slip through the rod's
guides to keep from pulling the fly line off its target. You don't want the reach to
pull or alter the forward part of the line (the line nearest the fly) that is unrolling.
You want it only to pull or adjust the back part of the line (the line nearest the
rod) that is unrolling. The back part of the line will fall as far right or left of the
forward part of the line as you reach out with the tip of the rod. This allows you
to put plenty of fly line above the fly. You can use it when the fish is directly
across the stream from you. You can also use it when the fish is downstream
from you and slightly across, or when it is upstream and slightly across from
your position.