Video: Learn to Double Haul in 5 Minutes

A lot of anglers struggle to learn the double haul, even when someone else demonstrates it for them. That’s why I like to post several different teaching methods for the same cast, in the hope that something will click eventually. Pete Kutzer has already shown a couple ways he teaches the double haul (see here and here), and the video above features Doug Andrews–of Anglers All in Littleton, Colorado–shows off his favorite way to teach it. I like the idea of starting on the horizontal plane and then bringing the whole operation up to vertical.

9 thoughts on “Video: Learn to Double Haul in 5 Minutes”

  1. I agree with everything Doug said. However, as the video reached the last few frames, Doug’s hands did NOT come together the way they did in the earliest video frames. In the latter frames, they were often as much as 12 inches apart. I see this often with casting instructors. They don’t do themselves, what they tell their viewers to do. Another example is the 10-2 clock face or even 10:30-1:30. Sounds good when spoken but then when watching the instructor you see that the clock face isn’t being respected at all. Not sure what to make of all this.

    1. Instruction and demonstration are two different things. Often when teaching the fly cast we put an exclamation point on performing an abrupt stop of the rod on the forehand and backhand strokes however, once you get the feel for things you will often see a much more gentle pause… A natural progression if you will. Its the same with the double haul… Once you begin to gain a feel for it you can modify and adapt to your own personal stroke but when you’re first learning you must stick within some sort of guidelines until you can truly feel the rod load and make the adjustments necessary.

      1. Good explanation , when teaching different cast you try to set a standard. Knowing as you progress and feel more comfortable you have a little leeway one way or the other. But you must start with a point a and b .

  2. That’s the problem sometimes with instructors…just because something is easy for you doesn’t mean you can teach it well. When an instructor begins with something like “this is so easy” or “learn this in five minutes” or if their demonstration of their teaching is different from what they want you to do, you can bet they don’t have a real good feel for the instructing end of things.

  3. Thanks, this was helpful. Will have to practice this. But is the line slipping out between your fingers to increase distance here, or is this only intended for a fixed amount of line? Are you shooting line out here?

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