Secondly Back Cast
When the Lift is complete the line should flow UP and BEHIND you in a straight line – try to ignore the temptation to watch the line go behind you, this will push you off balance for one thing and take your eye off your quarry – in time you’ll be able to feel the line fully extend and tug at you, indicating the time to push the line forward.
This is what we call “Loading the rod”. If the Back Cast extends beyond the 1 O’clock position the line is in danger of being pushed into the water behind you, this will cause two things to happen:
- It will disturb water behind you
- It will reduce the power of the Forward Cast due to friction
Thirdly Forward Cast
The forward cast begins as the Back Cast ends or Tugs at your line. So once the line is fully extended behind you project the line forwards – at this point you have two choices:
- To let the line down gently thereby presenting your fly to the water
- To push the line forward over the water without breaking the water film in preparation for another Back cast
If you want to achieve the first scenario, aim the line slightly downwards (8.30 o’clock position) and then check your line. Inorder to check your line you tighten the line between your fingers at the appropriate distance – this will allow the leader to project forwards and “Turn-over” properly.
If you want to achieve the second scenario you need to project the line forwards to the 10 o’clock position thereby keeping the line above the water in preparation for another Back Cast.
This section will be covered by False Casting later on.