The reach cast

Well it's hopper time in Montana. I've had some awesome fishing on all of the local streams I frequent and was treated to a great piece of water within the city boundaries last week - which was a real privilege.

It's funny but I hear the word technical used here a bit when referring to slow slough type water or spring creeks. Used to long leaders and presenting to spooky fish I wonder if a reach cast would solve many issues when faced with challenging water... Here's a piece I wrote and posted elsewhere ... a google search will provide some good videos to reinforce the method.

Enjoy... The reach cast. This might be one of the most important casts to learn as you advance your flyfishing. This is a aerial slack line cast that will help with your presentation, paricularly when presenting a fly across and or downstream to a fish. When nymph fishing it will give your fly more time to sink and provide the first mend even before your fly has hit the water to slow down drag. When casting dries to fish in the tailout of the pool or trying to beat pocket water currents, this is a great cast to present your fly in a drag free manner downstream. Another advantage is that the fly is the first thing a selective feeder will see rather than leader or tippet. Critical in many situations on the Missouri or our local spring creeks.
Cast and literally reach your arm outwards and to the left or right as required. Smaller movements for less of an angle. Reach after you have stopped the forward motion of the cast so that your fly still lands where directed. Once your fly has landed, lift your rod tip to pick up the slack and follow your fly with your rod tip to extend your drift.
A great cast to learn and essential for creating those drag free drift opportunities!