The roll cast is one of the most highly used casting techniques you’ll see on the river. Anglers commonly use the roll cast when objects behind them do not allow for a traditional overhand cast. I am not sure how I stumbled upon adding a single haul to my roll cast but it is a technique that I employ every time I am on the river. I have watched a lot of anglers try to add distance by using more force with a roll cast and cannot gain the distance they are looking for. By adding a single haul on your forward stroke you can flex your rod and shoot more line with ease. By adding a single haul you will add power/ flex to your rod, form a tighter loop and gain distance as well as accuracy. It is a simple element to add to a roll cast or single hand spey cast when fishing in tight quarters with a lot of overhanging vegetation. This is a brief tutorial on how simple it is to add a single haul to a roll or single handed spey cast. As mentioned in the video I am certainly not a certified or professional caster but this is just a technique that I have been using for a long time and thought I would pass it along. I am sure some of you already use a single haul when roll casting so if you have something to add please comment and we all can a learn a little more.
Some things to remember. 1) Let the rod do the work. Try not to muscle the line out there. I used to tell my clients “you paid for a 9 foot rod use the whole thing.” 2) Try to find the sweet spot in your line, generally between 20-25 feet of line will load your rod nicely. 3) The “D Loop” is very important, this is what will be loading your rod on your forward stroke. The friction from the line on the water will aid you tremendously when making these casts. 4) As soon as you begin your forward stroke use your non casting hand to haul/pull the line. This will add more flex to your fly rod and allow you to gain more distance with your roll & single hand spey casts.