In the last installment of “Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor,” we dealt with the “ready position” and casting from the bow of a boat. In this week’s video, we’ll deal with something much more basic: Making a good backcast. For some anglers, the backcast is somewhat of a mystery, since it happens behind the caster. You’ll often hear casters talking about how they “feel” the backcast, but it also helps if you can actually see what’s going on.
The backcast is the foundation for a good forward cast, so it’s worth paying attention to how the loop rolls out. I see casters making a couple of errors on the back cast: making a flick that directs the line downward or describing a horizontal arc with the rod tip. The first creates too much slack to make a solid forward cast. The second make accuracy more difficult.
Once you’ve got the correct motion and acceleration down, you can also practice making a high backcast for those situations in which you need to avoid and obstacle behind you.