This is a short line cast, useful
for really overgrown areas. Here's what we
do; we get hold of the fly with our free hand
and trapping the line with our forefinger of
our rod hand we force a bend into the rod,
then sighting up our target with the tip of
the rod we release the fly, and out it flies
to our chosen point. Not a long cast by any
means: but a really useful one.
One of the difficulties posed by
this cast is how to hold the fly, bend the
rod and not hook oneself. There are three
solutions that I know of:
the most obvious is to grip
the fly at the bend of the hook - a
bit like a fly vice does - which is
fine for large flies...
another, is to hold the fly
with a pair of forceps, or pliers:
this is my favoured way
the last method is quite
practical, and especially useful if
you don't have a pair of pliers, and
is this: take a six inch length of
10lbs leader material (if you don't
have any 10lbs you can double up some
5 lbs - use your imagination) and tie
one end to your thumb. Next make a
loop with this line and trap it
between your thumb and forefinger,
and use this loop to hold the fly.
Lift the thumb and bingo.
You can increase the power of the
bow-and-arrow cast with a little wrist snap
with the rod hand.
The important thing is to practice
this cast before you use it, and substitute a
piece of wool in place of the fly for the
first few attempts!