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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: How to Add Distance to Your 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 add distance to your cast. In most fishing situations, distance is certainly not the most important factor for success. Usually, you need to make an accurate cast that allows you to get the. . .

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Tuesday Tip: How to Make a Downstream Dead Drift


Written by: Phil Monahan

One of my favorite fishing holes in Yellowstone National Park is just below the attraction called Mud Volcano, where the Yellowstone River flows over a ledge of volcanic rock into a very deep pool. (I don’t feel like I’m giving any secrets away here, since the stretch of river is so popular.) When blue-winged olives are hatching, huge cutthroats come to the surface to feed at the center of the pool, but because the pool is so large and so deep at the edges, there’s no way to cast to these fish from the bank or from. . .

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Tuesday Tip: How and Why to Make a Roll-Cast Pickup

Written by: Pete 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 roll-cast pickup, which has a couple of useful applications. First, it can be a time-and-effort saver. If you’re fishing fairly far out and don’t want to have to strip a bunch of line in to start a new cast, you can use the roll-cast pickup to get your line in the air earlier. This means less stripping and less time wasted between casts. And the more time your fly is. . .

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Video Tuesday Tip: How to Make Parachute and Pile Casts

Written by: Peter Kutzer

Welcome to another installment of “Ask an Orvis Fly-Fishing Instructor,” with me, Peter Kutzer. In this episode, I explain the differences between the parachute cast and the pile cast, both of which are slack-line casts that can be useful when you’re fishing across conflicting currents or to a fish downstream. To make a parachute cast, . . .

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Tuesday Tip: How to Make Delicate Presentations


Written by: Phil Monahan

Welcome to our ninth installment of “Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor,” in which we answer readers’ questions about their biggest fly-casting problems. A few weeks ago, reader “Steve” wrote, Thanks for the great tips. My problem is with presentation. Usually my flies land with a splat. What would help achieve a more delicate presentation?

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Video: Roll Casting for Accuracy and Distance


Written by: Phil Monahan

Welcome to our second installment of “Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor,” starring our own Peter Kutzer. A few weeks ago, we asked you to post some questions about your biggest casting problems. Reader “Jeff M.” wrote, “What mechanics do you use to increase distance and accuracy with a roll cast?” In this video, Peter demonstrates how to achieve better accuracy. . .

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Video Tuesday Tip: How to Fix Tailing Loops


Written by: Phil Monahan

Welcome to our eighth installment of “Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor,” starring our own Peter Kutzer, who works at the Manchester, Vermont, Fly Fishing School. A couple months ago, we asked you to post some questions about your biggest fly-casting problems. Reader “Phil A.” wrote, “I have a problem with power casting and a tangled mess of leader/flies. . .”

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