Written by: Peter Kutzer
Welcome to another installment of “Ask an Orvis Fly-Fishing Instructor,” with me, Peter Kutzer. In this episode, I demonstrate how to make a single-hand snake roll cast. Although you may have heard of the snake roll in discussions of Spey and switch casting, it’s also a great tool for everyday trout fishing.
The snake roll is a change-of-direction cast that helps you make a quick transition from having your line hanging straight downstream to shooting it out in front of you. It’s an especially helpful cast in situations where you don’t have much backcast room.
Best of all, it’s very easy to learn. By tracing a lower-case “e” with your rod tip, you reposition your line by 90 degrees. Then all you do is make a standard roll-cast presentation. Once you’ve mastered the snake roll, you’ll find that it comes in handy in lots of different situations.