Tuesday Tip: The Steeple Cast


Written by: Phil Monahan

Welcome to our tenth installment of “Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor,” in which we answer readers’ questions about their biggest fly-casting problems. Several readers have asked variations of a common fly-fishing question:

What do I do if I don’t have room for a back cast, and my roll cast isn’t doing the trick?

In this lesson, I’ll show you how to make a “steeple cast,” in which you shoot the backcast high above the obstacles behind you, and then deliver the fly straight out to the water in front of you. It’s not a difficult cast to master, but it requires you to think a little differently about the standard path of the fly rod. Once you’ve mastered the steeple cast, a bush or a car behind you won’t stop you from getting your fly out to the fish.

If you’ve got more questions about casting or presentation, post them below, and we’ll address each problem in a new video.

Previous episodes:

Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor I: Casting Heavy Flies in the Wind

Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor II: Roll-Casting for Accuracy & Distance

Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor III: Casting in the Wind

Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor IV: Casting Accuracy

Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor V: The Curve Cast

Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor VI: Casting Angles

Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor VII: How to Double Haul

Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor VIII: Fixing Tailing Loops

Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor IX: How to Make Delicate Presentations

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