The Roll Cast
is something that we all must learn at some
stage. It allows us to throw a line where
no backcast is possible either because of
a strong tailwind, trees or some other obstruction
being behind the angler. It is also used
a means of picking up the line for a traditional
cast in situations too numerous and detailed
to mention here, we call this a roll cast
The roll cast
can be used in all sorts of fishing conditions
but we recommend that you practice it on
stillwater. Find a small lake, pond or swimming
pool and practice. The reason we want to
learn it on water is because you need some
tension on the line to perform it correctly
(line on the water). A stillwater is ideal
as it allows you more control when initially
learning this cast not having to contend
with currents as well.
As you get
better at this cast practice shooting some
line as well. Simply release line from your
line hand as the loop rools away from you.
This will take a little more time to perfect
but it does not take all that long to gain
a feel for when to release the line with
the left hand (right hand caster).
video for some footage of roll casting on
our lodge lake.