Outdoor Skills - Fishing Q&A

Q: Most fishable streams in my area are narrow and have brushy banks, which makes flyfishing very tough. Can you help explain a roll cast?

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A: I already have. You can find illustrated roll-casting instructions in an F&S; Fundamentals article I wrote that appeared on page 99 of our August 1999 issue (check your local library for a copy). On small streams where casts are typically short, you'll find that using one line-size larger than that specified for your rod will load the rod better at short range. A 7- to 8-foot leader instead of a more typical 9- to 12-footer will also give better fly presentation at short distances.