Five Essential Casting Skills

The Five Casting Essentials

for Single Hand Rods*

Originally developed by Bill & Jay Gammels
Adopted by Fly Fishers International


     Introductory Video

1.  There can't be ANY slack line during the casting stroke.

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2.  There MUST BE a stop and a pause at the end of each stroke.

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3.  The Casting Arc MUST vary with the amount of line beyond the rod tip.

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4.  Application of power MUST OCCUR in the proper amount, at the proper 

      place, in the casting stroke.

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5.  During the casting stroke, the rod tip MUST travel in a straight line


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* Single Hand Rod users fishing a Commando line system DO NOT adhere to

   a "Stop and a Pause" (#2 above), to achieve a successful cast. The system

   is based on Skagit style casting using a water bourne anchor -- which is very 

   different from the above fly casting basics for Single Hand rods.