Pro Tip: Use the Roll-Cast Pickup for Efficient Upstream Dry-Fly Fishing

One problem that some anglers experience while fishing upstream is that they strip in so much line that they need four or five false-casts to get their line back out every time. But there is a better way. In this video, Joe Rotter from Red’s Fly Shop demonstrates how using a roll-cast pickup (he calls it a “roll-cast recovery”) allows you to fish the water close in front of you without stripping in so much line.

As the fly approaches, start to raise your rod tip and move it behind you, as the beginning of a roll cast. Once the D loop has formed behind the rod, simply fire that roll cast forward into the air as the forward portion of a false cast and you’re ready to get that fly back out there. (Note the little haul that Joe adds to increase the line speed of his roll cast.) It’s a much simpler and effective method. And the more time your fly spends on the water, the more likely you are to get a strike.

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