Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Common Types of Fly Casts


Bill Reeves of Hawaii is perhaps best known for being the cofounder of the U.S. hedge fund firm BlueCrest Capital Management in New York and a partner of BlueMountain Capital Management. When he’s not busy overseeing operations at BlueMountain or handling his various philanthropic responsibilities, Bill Reeves of Hawaii enjoys fly-fishing.

Although fly-fishing may appear to use the same type of cast every time, there are actually several types of casts. The following are just a few of the more common fly casts:

-Backhand cast. Used when avoiding obstructions or wind on a fisher’s normal casting side, a backhand cast allows a fisher to still use his or her dominant hand. For the most part, a normal casting stroke is used for a backhand cast. However, the rod hand is in a position similar to that used when brushing one’s hair, thus allowing the line to move away past a fisher’s opposite side.

-Roll cast. Perfect for areas with limited space, a roll cast allows fishers to hit their target without having to swing the rod overhead. When performing this cast, fishers move the line back along the water before casting forward. The power for this cast comes from the loop. As it unrolls, it propels the hook forward.

-Reach cast. One of the most useful fly casts, the reach cast lets fishers hit a target that is at an extreme angle to their body. It is a great option when casting upstream or across an area with varying current speeds. Since the line is positioned in a desirable location, fishers get less drag on their fly and leader.