Tag Archives: fly casting lessons

Tuesday Tip from a 9-Year Old: How to Double Haul


Written by: Phil Monahan

Dawson may be just nine years old, but he can throw a fly line.

The double haul is a cast that every angler wants to master, but some people struggle with the concept, the timing, or the motion. (Or, of course, any combination of the three.) It’s no coincidence that Pete Kutzer’s. . .

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Remembering the Man Who Invented the Fly-Fishing School


Written by: Phil Monahan

Bill Cairns was a pioneer in fly-fishing instruction and a Master Caster.

If you’ve been an Orvis customer for a while, you’re surely familiar with the photo above, of an angler laying out a gorgeous loop over the Battenkill. It has become an iconic image—used in catalogs, retail stores, and on the Web—because it captures the grace, power, and beauty of. . .

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Video Tuesday Tip: How to Cast in Heavy Wind

Written by: Peter Kutzer

Welcome to another installment of “Ask an Orvis Fly-Fishing Instructor,” with me, Peter Kutzer. In this episode, I demonstrate how to cast in windy conditions. Before we proceed, a word of caution: Whenever there’s any kind of wind, your first priority should always be. . .

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Tuesday Tip: How to Make a Single-Hand Snake Roll Cast

Written by: Peter Kutzer

Welcome to another installment of “Ask an Orvis Fly-Fishing Instructor,” with me, Peter Kutzer. In this episode, I demonstrate how to make a single-hand snake roll cast. Although you may have heard of the snake roll in discussions of Spey and switch casting, it’s also a great tool for. . .

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Video: How to Rig Your Rod to Move to a New Fishing Spot

Written by: Peter Kutzer

Welcome to another installment of “Ask an Orvis Fly-Fishing Instructor,” with me, Peter Kutzer. In this episode, I demonstrate how to rig your rod when you want to move to a new fishing spot. Walking through the woods with a fly rod can be a dangerous proposition, and more than a few tips get. . .

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Video Tuesday Tip: How to Make a Water Haul Cast

Written by: Peter Kutzer

Welcome to another installment of “Ask an Orvis Fly-Fishing Instructor,” with me, Peter Kutzer. In this episode, I demonstrate how to make a water haul, which uses the water tension and the force of the current on your line to load the rod. By loading the rod this way, you can make a quick, accurate upstream presentation without. . .

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