How to Fly Cast, the 4-Part Cast

There are four parts to a good fly cast. Let's go through each of them together.

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How to Fly Cast L.L.Bean Fly Fishing

There are four parts to a fly cast:

1. The Pickup

2. Back Cast Stop

3. Forward Stop

4. Presentation

Part 1: The Pickup

Lift and smoothly accelerate to the back cast stop position

Part 2: The Back Cast Stop

Back Cast Stop Position

Arm Bent at a 90-degree Angle

Part 3: The Forward Cast

After the line unfurls behind you, smoothly accelerate the rod forward to a high forward-stop position.

Pause to let the line straigthen outbehind you

Pause to let the fly line roll off the rod tip, creating a tight loop.

Part 4: The Presentation

Lower your rod tip with the line as it falls.

The rod tip will now be back where you started, just above the water's surface.

Review: The Four-Part Cast

The Pickup

The Back Cast Stop

The Forward Cast

The Presentation

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