Welcome to another installment of “Ask an Orvis Fly-Fishing Instructor,” with me, Peter Kutzer. In this episode, I demonstrate how to make a water haul, which uses the water tension and the force of the current on your line to load the rod. By loading the rod this way, you can make a quick, accurate upstream presentation without false-casting at all. This is great for two reasons: first, it gets your flies back in the water faster; but perhaps more importantly, it means you can cast complex rigs (two flies, plus an indicator and split shot, for example) without fear of tangling.
There are a couple things to keep in mind when you’re making a water haul. You need to break the surface tension of the water by lifting the rod slowly at first. Otherwise, you might make the line snap off the water, creating an unholy mess. Once you’ve got the line moving, rotate your hand, so your thumb is on the top of the grip. The thumb is how you’ll aim the cast. When you’re lined up with your target, accelerate to a stop as you normally would.
Practice this a few times, and you’ll see how useful the water haul can be in many angling situations. Good luck!