Steeple cast fly fishing

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In case there are trees or high bushes behind you, there are two casts that you can use. The first is a tremendously exaggerated high back cast. It’s called the steeple cast.

The back cast is shortened, as in the head wind cast, stopping the rod at the vertical but bringing the right shoulder, arm and rod a little farther back than usual (be sure to keep the rod vertical at the end of the back stroke), and thrusting the arm, hand and rod much higher than in the regular overhead cast.

The pause for the line to straighten out is shortened slightly, to avoid danger of the line falling behind you. The forward cast technique is started by moving the shoulder, arm and rod forward and downward in a definite spearing motion. Stop the arm and rod at a slightly higher angle than usual to counteract the down-thrust from the very high back cast.

You have to be careful in this cast to avoid sinking the fly or making a sloppy, splashy delivery of the line. How much of this steeple cast form you need to use depends upon the height of the bushes or trees behind you. Use only as much of the steeple cast tech-nique as you need to clear the obstacle.

In false-casting with the steeple cast, use a shorter line than you need to reach the spot where your fly should light, then shoot the remaining line needed on the delivery cast. Release the shoot earlier than usual.