Roll Casting

Roll casting is one of the most important and most used casting techniques a fly angler needs to learn. Roll casting is necessary on a stream with tight quarters and no room to back cast. This basic technique is also used to get your initial length of line out in the water to start the standard overhead casting. Learn roll casting, it is a must-know.

The principles of roll casting (with some line out in front of you in the water):

• Slowly slide the line towards you in order to position the fly line just off to the casting side of the body
• Wait until the tip of the fly line is stationary on the water in front of you and a 'D-loop' has formed with the rod and the fly line
• With the forward casting motion, drive the rod tip forwards, bending it against the weight of the line in the D-loop
• Stop the rod, as in the basic forward casting action, forcing it to unbend and cast the line

In order for roll casting to be executed properly it is important that:

• the tip of the line is anchored and stationary on the water surface
• sufficient line is in the D-loop to bend the rod
• the line is lying to the side of the body and not in front of the body, where it will spring up and hook the caster on the forward cast
• the line is as close to the body as possible (no more than approximately half a rod length) so that the tip of the rod travels directly over the fly line
• the tip of the rod travels in a straight line on the forward motion to the stop, creating an elliptical loop which results in the fly line turning the fly over as in the basic casting motion

Practice and perfect the roll casting technique as it is a valuable tool to the fly angler.