Welcome to another installment of “Ask an Orvis Fly-Fishing Instructor,” with me, Peter Kutzer. In this episode, I demonstrate how to add distance to your cast. In most fishing situations, distance is certainly not the most important factor for success. Usually, you need to make an accurate cast that allows you to get the proper presentation. So I’m not advocating that everyone go out there and start bombing 80-foot casts at all times.
However, there are situations in which the ability to cast farther will result in your catching more fish. Some of the keys to distance casting are 1. moving the rod tip along a horizontal plane, 2. moving the rod in a vertical plane, 3. lengthening your casting stroke as you carry more line, and 4. pausing longer at the end of each stroke as you add line. Practice these elements, and you’re sure to be adding five or ten feet to your current casting record. Good luck!