Casting With a Fly Fishing Rod

Fly fishing is a difficult skill to perfect. Casting with this rod is more complicated, as you must use all body parts to send the line far and wide. It starts with a proper stance, which should be about three feet from the water’s edge. Proper casting technique is essential for fly fishing!

We’ll go over achieving a perfect cast step-by-step so that you can practice and fish like an expert in no time!

Types of Casting

You’ll need to know two different casts: overhead casting and roll casting. These two casts aren’t all there is to fly fishing, but they’ll get you out of many jams. Perfecting these in a pond or other open body of water where the water is calm is ideal. Look for a place that is free of overhanging vegetation.

To master these two casting techniques, practice both over and over again until they become second nature.

Overhead Flycast

The first step is to get the line out of your rod. Hold the rod so that the end of your hand is facing up. Set your thumb on the line, with your palm facing downward. Then lower it toward where you want to cast.

As soon as you have let out all the lines required, bring your arm up and let go of the rod. This should send a straight line from tip to tip in whatever direction you desire – upwards or downwards. You can give it a slight curve upward with your elbow for added power and speed if you wish.

Two things need to be mastered before you can learn to cast a fly rod using the popular technique:

The Back Cast: This is the most crucial part of fly fishing. It is used to get the line out of the water and into your hands. Hold your arm at a 90-degree angle, your elbow straight forward, and your shoulders relaxed. Hold your rod in one hand, with the reel several inches above it.

The Movement: Pull the rod back in and down as your arm moves upwards while still holding it at the same angle. After reaching your desired height, let go of the rod completely, so it falls downward.

Tips & Tricks: 

If you wish to throw a line out further than this, use the same technique – but hold yourself higher and send ‘upwards’ rather than ‘backward.’

To release a line for a ‘downward’ cast, do the opposite – pull in and out as you extend back.

Trigger Line Release: Pull at both ends simultaneously toward yourself to release your line faster as a final note for this step or a specific technique.

The Roll Cast

This cast will allow you to cast farther than an overhead cast, but it requires a bit more effort and technique, so it should not be your first casting method learned.

Mastering this cast will give you a leg up on the competition, and it is widely considered the most important and underappreciated technique in fly fishing. It can be used to cast out or to keep your line horizontal in the water. It’ll allow you to cast when there is nothing overhead, and no other casting methods will work.

This technique shines when fishing in moving water like a brook or stream. For a flawless casting, just follow these four simple steps:

To Start:

  • Start by making an “S” shape with your rod.
  • As you point your rod forward, cup the line in your palm and create a “C” with your arm to send it into the sky.
  • Twist your wrist so the line goes straight toward where you want to cast.
  • When the fly ends in front of your face, smoothly move it back toward you as if returning something given to you.

If done correctly, this will send a straight line out of both ends of the rod and land directly on top of where you want to cast.

The Movement: As the line moves skyward, bring the bar back toward you in a vertical motion. Then, let go of the rod entirely so that it falls.

Tips & Tricks:

  • While moving forward, you can use small jerks of your elbow to move things along – which won’t make a big difference on how fast you can cast, but can make a big difference on how far your line will go.
  • While casting away from yourself, position yourself at an angle that doesn’t allow your line to fall back into your legs and be lost.
  • Perform line control casting: Line control is a great way to work on the tension in the line rather than worrying about the distance you can throw. This technique uses a weight-forward method that utilizes gravity to make your bar go further. To start, secure a weight to the end of your line. I’m using a small blue spinnerbait as my weight in this case.

Fishing Accessories

A grizzly bear trap isn’t necessary, but upgrading your fishing gear could help you capture more fish and keep them alive for longer.

Here are some essential accessories that can help put endless fish in your boat:

Fish Rod Carrier

Carrying your fishing rod around can be a hassle, and if you’re going to be on the water for more than a day, you’ll want to avoid overworking your arm. Luckily, Ascent EAAZ-F001 Fisherman’s Gift Rod Carrier Fishing Reel and Tackle Bag is designed to keep your rods safe, secure, and untangled, and it’s small enough to stow away. There are many options for carrying your rods, from under-seat compartments and rod holders to large cases.

Adjustable Fishing Vest

This is for those days when you’re going to be out for a long time but are wearing shorts and a t-shirt. It takes up little room and is very versatile. The Ascent EAAZ-F015 Fisherman’s Gift Adjustable Fishing Vest is lightweight and packs well. It has an adjustable waist and shoulder strap and is made from ECONYL Regenative Fiber.

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Fishing Lures

Not every fisherman uses lures, but they’re a great way to attract fish to a particular area so you can catch them more easily. The Ascent Fisherman’s Fishing Lure Set is a great way to get started or add to a collection you already have.

Sling Shoulder Tackle Bag

This is an efficient way to carry your tackle to and from the water. Your favorite rod will sit up in the air, so you can easily reel it when you’re done. Its pockets will also keep your smaller essentials organized, so you don’t have to try to remember where everything was when you put it into your vest.

Hook Remover

A hook remover is a small tool used to remove hooks from fish without injuring them. The Fisherman Gift Tool Fishing Multitool Set includes a Hook Remover, scale scraper, tape measure, bait cutter, flashlight, knife, scissors, weight Scale, and bottle opener, all in a waterproof case! This multitool will save you time and money at the bait shop!


Learn more and fish better. Go out there, get your hands wet and try to catch a fish! When you do, remember to practice safe fishing techniques to become a successful angler.

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