The Reach Cast

The Reach Cast – also called the Reach Mend [sorry about that – it’s because of the Sexyloops Board, where many years ago we pointed out that the Reach Cast is in fact a Mend, and then the FFF decided to rename it (not my decision!!!)].

Key Points:

  • The Loop is cast in the vertical plane and then the rod is reached over to one side.
  • The fly line should form a straight line from rod tip to fly.
  • You can shoot line into the Reach or not. Not shooting line pulls the fly closer – and is a useful way of shortening line to present to a fish that appears closer than expected! I often use it when Snakehead fishing in Malaysia.
It’s an exploration. Bring a fly rod. Designed for you by Paul Arden.

Practical Uses:

  • The main use for a Reach Cast/Mend is to overcome drag situations when casting across currents.
  • It can be used for casting around an obstruction.
  • It can also be used to shorten the delivery.
  • It can be used to position the line along a bank or weed bed for retrieving the fly in a fish-catching manner.

After the Collapsed Cast, the Reach Cast is your second most useful presentation cast. It is the only Presentation Cast that results in a straight line configuration.

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Cheers, Paul