And to my mind anyway, the roll cast really is the most important cast to master.
Ok, it's a few years old now, but still every bit as relevant now as when I released it, and has proven to be hugely popular with over 360,000 views on YouTube - the Roll casting introduction from our Fly Casting DVD "Casts that Catch Fish"
I can't over emphasise how important this cast is. Deceptively simple, the Roll Cast is the most useful and versatile cast there is - almost more so than the fundamental overhead cast that is synonymous with single handed fly casting.
This cast will save you hours on the stream, it will allow you deliver a fly like no other cast, it is stealthy, accurate, incredibly versatile and is a far more efficient and effective method to present a fly than any standard overhead cast.
If you have designs on learning a few casts for the two handed rod you'll get nowhere until you've mastered a good static and then a dynamic roll cast.
Every Spey cast is a derivative of the roll cast.
All that fancy two handed wand waving is simply one setup move or another that forms the precursor to delivering a roll cast.
If you like what you see here, consider grabbing the full vid' here - there's heaps of in depth content on the DVD and a ton more presentation casts that really will help you catch more fish.
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Fly Fishing Emergers. A semi-sunk fly projects more visible stimulus than a high and dry pattern, so it makes a lot of sense to use a design that penetrates the surface film as a ‘searching pattern’, rather than the high-riding flies usually recommended for this job like the Royal Wulff, Humpy or Elk Hair Caddis. For me, the old dry hackle jobs have been moved well down the bench, even for fast broken water.