Learning the Steeple Cast

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Fly casting problems come in all forms.

It could be windy, it could be rainy and sometimes, you could have a massive wall right behind you that makes it difficult to cast.

The beauty of fly fishing is that there’s always a solution to your casting problems. Today, we’re focusing on one of the most common: Having obstacles behind you. The solution? Other than pulling off a roll cast or an exaggerated high back cast, a steeple cast may do the trick.

Steeple cast

A steeple cast is characterized by the rod tip lifting the line straight to the sky, just like a church steeple. Compared to other casts, this one is relatively easier to do but is just as important.

When bushes surround you or there’s a car or wall behind you, the steeple cast is especially useful in catching that fish.

Making a steeple cast

The steeple cast is not hard to learn. However, it does take a different perspective on the standard fly rod path to make it work. One of the first things you need to remember is to get a grip, literally. Make sure your index finger is straightened along the top of your grip. Once you lift your cast, point your finger towards the sky.

Another thing to remember is to load the rod low. When you’re in tighter spaces, use the water surface to create line tension and load the rod. Begin your back cast with your rod tip pointed towards the water.

Next is to wait for the line to reach above the rod tip before you execute a forward stroke. Finally, finish the cast with a slight flick, pointing your index finger where you want your fly to drop.


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