The High Speed Casts

The Under The Bushes or Totally Under The Tip Cast 

As its name suggests this cast was developed to enable a fly to be presented to fish lying deep underneath  overhanging  trees, bushes and vegetation whilst also delaying the onset of drag. When mastered the cast can deliver a fly in excess of 2 metres under overhanging vegetation.

During the casting stroke the fly, leader and fly line pass under the rod tip. Towards the end of the delivery casting stroke the rod tip is raised delaying the fly line dropping to the water and the onset of drag..



The Low Parallel Cast

This cast delivers the fly and fly line at very high speed close to and parallel to the water surface enabling the fly to be delivered under overhanging bushes.  It is also an extremely accurate cast allowing delivery of the fly into small gaps between trees and has good penetration into strong headwinds.

The casting stroke is very different to that used in conventional casting loading the butt of the rod rather than the tip and the casting hand describing a circular motion.


​The Superimposed Cast

This cast is very similar to the Low Parallel Cast, the difference being that the fly line rather than straightening out fully above the water before dropping to the surface is directed slightly down towards the water landing the tip of the fly line before the leader and fly. This will kill the speed of the cast allowing the leader tippet and fly to land gently on the surface of the water. By varying the timing of the line shoot it is possible to crumple up the leader helping to delay the onset of drag.

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The Backhand Fly First Cast

As its name suggests this is a backhand version of the Fly First Cast. This cast was developed to enable the angler to cast effectively when confronted with trees or overhanging vegetation on their casting hand side. The casting stroke is carried out over the angler’s head to enable a longer casting stroke to be used enabling a higher speed cast to be made than would otherwise be possible.

The High Speed Casts 

The high speed group of casts contains the following casts:

  • The Angular or Fly First Cast 
  • The Backhand Fly First Cast
  • The Totally Under the Tip Cast
  • The Low Parallel Cast 
  • The Superimposed Cast


All of the above casts deliver the fly at high speed towards their intended destination.


​The Fly First or Angular Cast

​This cast was developed for use on fast running turbulent streams with complex currents to minimise drag by landing the fly and possibly a small length of tippet before the leader and fly line delaying the onset of drag and also minimising the effect of wind. When casting in the conventional style we have all seen the fly being blown away from our target by a gust of wind as the fly drifts down towards the water. The Fly First Cast minimises the opportunity for this to occur.

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