The upstream reach The target is in a slow flow across from you, beyond a band of faster current. Make a conventional overhead cast. On the forward stroke, as your rod reaches the 11 o'clock position, shift the direction of motion 90 degrees, swinging the tip upstream through a big quarter-circle. As you do so, reach the rod as far upriver as you can, ending with it held parallel to the water. The line now forms an angle, from the rod tip upstream and then across and down to the target.