There are a ton of factors to think about whenever you go on a fly fishing trip.
Whether it’s the kind of lure you brought, the type of weather you have or even the kind of fish you’re trying to catch.
Casting is one, if not the most important aspect of fly fishing. With it come a variety of casts dedicated to catch that fish every single time. One of the most popular and useful casts out there is a tuck cast.
Otherwise called as tuck mend, the main purpose of a tuck cast is to get your flies to reach the bottom quickly. Furthermore, the tuck cast is perfect for nymph fishing upstream to the head of a pool. Of course, you want to get them to the bottom as fast as possible. This way, they don’t drift over the fish you’re trying to catch.
The key to a tuck cast is for the fly to touch the water before anything else. There are a few tips to pull off this cast well and be a better angler.
First is to execute this cast in two different planes. One is to make the back cast at a three-quarters side-arm position and the forward cast must be vertical. This prevents the nymph from running and pulling off a split-shot on the rod tip.
Another tip is to throw the back cast as high as you can. The typical ten to two stroke must be tightened further. The stroke must make use of as much acceleration and momentum as possible. This way, the flies are driven towards the bottom of the water once the line is stopped on the forward stroke.