Welcome to another installment of “Ask an Orvis Fly-Fishing Instructor,” with me, Peter Kutzer. In this episode, I demonstrate how to make a reach cast, which allows you to reposition your line before it lands on the water. This comes in handy whenever you’re casting across the current, and it’s actually easier to accomplish than the standard mend. Once you’ve got the hang of the reach cast, it will become second nature to you, and you’ll hardly have to think about it.
There are a couple keys to making a proper reach cast. First, you have to wait until the forward cast is complete before you move the rod upstream or downstream. Otherwise, your accuracy will suffer. Second, allow some of the slack in your line hand to slide upward through the guides as you move the rod, which will keep you from accidentally jerking the fly backward and out of the fish’s strike zone. If you’ve laid the line on the water properly, you’ll get an excellent, long dead-drift, which means that you have a better chance of catching fish. Good luck!