Tag Archives: Peter Kutzer

Tuesday Tip: How to Make Roll and Switch Casts with a Two-Handed Rod


Written by: Phil Monahan

Welcome to another installment of “Ask an Orvis Fly-Fishing Instructor,” with me, Peter Kutzer. In this episode, I demonstrate how to make three kinds of casts with a two-handed rod. Starting with a simple, static roll cast, we increase the amount of motion, moving to a dynamic roll cast, and then to the more advanced. . .

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Tuesday Tip: How to Make an Aerial Mend


Written by: Phil Monahan

Welcome to another installment of “Ask an Orvis Fly-Fishing Instructor,” with me, Peter Kutzer. In this episode, I demonstrate how to make aerial mends in your line, creating an upstream or downstream mend before your line touches down on the water. This is a great technique for when you’re casting across varying currents, and it will help you achieve better and longer. . .

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Video: How to Make a Tuck Cast


Written by: Phil Monahan

Welcome to another installment of “Ask an Orvis Fly-Fishing Instructor,” with me, Peter Kutzer. In this episode, I demonstrate how to make a tuck cast, which allows you to get your nymphs to the bottom quickly by causing them to hit the water before your fly line does. Tuck casts are great for when you’re fishing nymphs upstream to the head of a pool and you want them to get to the bottom fast so they don’t drift over the heads of your target fish. Because the flies land first, they break right through the surface and head for the. . .

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Tuesday Tip: How to Make a Serpentine Cast


Written by: Phil Monahan

Welcome to another installment of “Ask an Orvis Fly-Fishing Instructor,” with me, Peter Kutzer. In this episode, I demonstrate how to make a serpentine cast, a slack-line presentation which has several useful applications. Like all slack-line casts, the serpentine cast puts slack into the line on the water, in this case by creating a series of. . .

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Tuesday Tip: How to Make a Roll-Cast Pickup


Written by: Phil Monahan

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. . .

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Tuesday Tip: How to Make a Reach Cast


Written by: Phil Monahan

Welcome to another installment of “Ask an Orvis Fly-Fishing Instructor,” with me, Peter Kutzer. In this episode, I demonstrate how to make a reach cast, which allows you to reposition your line before it lands on the water. This comes in handy whenever you’re casting across the current, and it’s actually easier to accomplish than the standard mend. Once you’ve got the hang of the reach cast, it will become second nature to you, and you’ll hardly have to think about it.

There are a couple keys to making a proper reach cast. First, you have to wait until the forward cast is complete before you move the. . .

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Tuesday Tip: How to Properly Grip a Fly Rod


Written by: Phil Monahan

Welcome to another installment of “Ask an Orvis Fly-Fishing Instructor,” with me, Peter Kutzer. In this episode, I discuss the best way to grip a fly rod. This may seem ridiculously basic to some folks, but the grip is the foundation on which your whole cast is built. So it’s very important that you establish a comfortable grip that will help you put your fly where you want it to go. The first. . .

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Tuesday Tip: Parachute and Pile Casts


Written by: Phil Monahan

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, you stop the rod high and keep the tip. . .

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Tuesday Tip: Don’t be a Creep


Written by: Phil Monahan

Welcome to our twelfth installment of “Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor,” in which we answer readers’ questions about their biggest fly-casting problems. Reader Marc asked for help with this: I have been told my casting has a fault that’s called “creep.” I was at an Orvis-dealer fly shop called Bob Marriott’s in Fullerton, California, and was was casting one of their rods. The sales person. . .

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Tuesday Tip: How to Avoid Hitting Your Rod with Your Fly


Written by: Phil Monahan

Welcome to our eleventh installment of “Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor,” in which we answer readers’ questions about their biggest fly-casting problems. Reader Larry asked for help with this: Sometimes my fly hits the rod on the forward or backcast. How can I avoid that? In this lesson, I’ll explain why a smooth acceleration is so important to a proper casting motion. If you start a forward or backcast. . .

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