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.