Perfecting the reach cast

A while back, you may remember that I posted about the roll cast, which is a very important fly fishing cast that you should know how to do.

This time around, I wanted to point out another very important cast that is super helpful and easy. It’s called the reach cast.

In basic terms, the reach cast allows you to reposition your line before it hits the water. So, instead of casting and then mending the line after it’s already on the water, the reach cast does the opposite and repositions the line before it hits the water.

When you’re casting across current, the reach cast can be a great way to achieve a much better, longer drift. Check out this quick video as Peter Kutzer explains the reach cast:


Seems fairly straightforward, huh? Once you get the hang of it, it’s really pretty simple and almost just becomes the common go-to cast all the time. For me, the roll cast is still what I use the majority of the time on small streams, but the reach cast is quite common when I have the room to do it.

Cory Perry
I'm a husband, father and fly fishing geek living in Greenville, SC. I'm down with slinging flies, tying flies and spending every minute I can enjoying the vast outdoors with my family and friends.

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