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The double haul is probably one of the more misunderstood casts in all of fly fishing, in two ways. First, many anglers believe that the double haul is too difficult to learn, that it requires some mystical timing-and-coordination combination that they’ll never master. In reality, the double haul is easy once you understand the basic concepts behind it. Of course, you’ll have to practice, and not everything will go right at first. The two keys are the timing of the haul and the “return” of the line hand to prepare for the next haul.
The second misconception is that double-hauling is for saltwater anglers only. However, it’s a useful cast for almost any kind of trout fishing, even if you’re chasing trout on small streams. For one thing, the double haul takes a lot of strain off your casting arm and shoulder, leaving you less tired after a long day on the water. It also helps you cast into the wind and can improve accuracy.
In this video, Pete Kutzer explains the specific mechanics you need to know to make solid double-haul casts. Having taught so many people to cast through his work with the Orvis Fly-Fishing Schools, Pete knows best how to explain these things clearly and succinctly. And, of course, he’s a great caster.
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9 thoughts on “Video: Learn to Double-Haul with Pete Kutzer”
a really overlooked but important facet of the cast is the pickup (as is the case in all P/L casts). You have to be careful not to over-rotate, which will dip your back cast, sending the loop downward, because your rod is no longer traveling on the correct plane. No matter how much line you have out there, make a contentious effort to stop that rod no later than 2. Haul on the pick up once the rod gets past 11 (it’s now traveling at it’s fastest, which is when you want to haul); that will help make the pickup easier.
Keep NEW casting videos coming! How about some single-handed spey? Change of direction casts?
Nice job! Like how you break it done into single casts.
Is there a good, better. best or recommended cast from a sit-on type kayak? Would you happen to have a link to one of your videos that would help me?
Attended the grand opening for TCO and spend 2 hours with Pete! An incredibly informative seminar at the Haverford PA location! Love TCO and Orvis! Great Idea! I’ll be back soon! Thanks a million!!!!!!