Nymph Fishing: Part 3
When nymph fishing, you want your presentation as long on the bottom as possible. An often-overlooked critical aspect to this is actually the cast you are deploying. If you are trying to deploy the traditional overhead cast, you’re probably struggling. Tight line casting simply reduces the amount of time for the fly to be in the strike zone because the fly will sink at an angle.
In theory, we would love for the fly to present like it was dropped vertically out of the sky with plenty of slack behind it so it can fall vertically. One of the most often used casts in nymph fishing is the roll cast, which we talked about in a previous blog article before.
Another very useful cast is the tuck cast, which is fairly easy to perform.
The goal of the tuck cast is to get the flies to “tuck” underneath the fly line during the cast. To accomplish this, the fly must fully turn over and come back to you. To do this, you want to make a fairly low back cast, say at 45 degrees, a side arm approach if you will. Rotate the rod up and make a high, hard forward cast. You want to do an aggressive stop at the top of your cast, say at the 1:00 position. This will turn over the fly and tuck it. Now just gently drop your rod tip.
That’s it for now my fishy friends. Please remember, pack it in, pack it out.
Tight Lines and Screaming Drags.