Tuesday Video Tip: How to Make a Tuck Cast

Written by: Peter Kutzer


This seems like an appropriate post for this time of year, when nymph fishermen really need to get their flies to the bottom quickly. In this episode, I demonstrate how to make a tuck cast, which allows you to get your nymphs to power through the water column by causing them to hit the water before your fly line does. Tuck casts are great for when you’re fishing nymphs upstream to the head of a pool and you want them to get to the bottom fast so they don’t drift over the heads of your target fish. Because the flies land first, they break right through the surface and head for the bottom without the line and leader holding them back.

The tuck cast is really quite simple, but it requires some practice. On the forward cast, just as the line is straightening out, give your rod tip a slight lift. This will cause the cast to hinge, and the flies will swing around to the underside of the fly line, straight toward the water. Be careful, though, because too big or too strong a lift will cause your line and flies to bounce back like a dog hitting the end of his leash. With a little practice, you’ll get a feel for just how much of a lift is necessary. Good luck!

Other installments:

Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor I: Casting Heavy Flies in the Wind

Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor II: Roll-Casting for Accuracy & Distance

Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor III: Casting in the Wind

Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor IV: Casting Accuracy

Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor V: The Curve Cast

Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor VI: Casting Angles

Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor VII: How to Double Haul

Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor VIII: Fixing Tailing Loops

Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor IX: How to Make Delicate Presentations

Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor X: The Steeple Cast

Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor XI: How to Avoid Hitting Your Rod with Your Fly

Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor XII: Don’t be a Creep

Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor XIII: Parachute and Pile Casts

Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor XIV: How to Make a Reach Cast

Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor XV: How to Make a Tuck Cast

Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor XVI: How to Make an Aerial Mend

Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor XVII: How to Make Roll and Switch Casts with a Two-Handed Rod

Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor XVIII: The Basic Cast

Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor XIX: The Bow & Arrow Cast

Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor XIX: The Basic Cast

Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor XX: The “Ready Position” and Fishing from a Boat

Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor XXI: The Basic Back Cast

3 thoughts on “Tuesday Video Tip: How to Make a Tuck Cast”

  1. Pete. That is about the easiest demonstration and explanation of how to do the “tuck cast” that I have seen and heard. I will use that the next time I am helping someone with their casting.

    Dave

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