This is the most frequent type of cast used by fly fishermen. Start using the line straight out in front and straight for the rod top. Keep the tip low and keep away from any slack in the line. Aim the rod slightly above straight out in front of you. The wrist, rod, hand, and lower arm should all move in unison. Accelerate the rod vertically until you're at approximately 12:00 at which time, the wrist breaks crisply driving the rod forward to about 10:00.

Overall, the arc could be slightly more than 90 degrees from start off to finish. Movement begins gradually after which the speed on the rod tip increases rapidly toward the end from the stroke. Maximum input speed is reached immediately just before the stop but the maximum delivery speed is after the quit.

In case you do it appropriately, the line will be flying upwards and behind you through the air and it's going to become fully straight. There will be no line tension within the rod. Arm and wrist positions stay stationary while the line is extending down the back cast.

When the line is fully extended behind, you should have the ability to really feel the line loading inside the rod tip by both the hand holding the rod as well as the other hand holding the line. During the forward cast, the wrist retains the “broken” position until the wrist straightens around 11:00 to provide the line added push. The motion is checked crisply at 10:00 allowing the line to extend straight having a well-formed loop uncoiling straight above the line from the rod tip.
You can remember the overhead cast by keeping in thoughts the following:

  • TIP - tip in the rod down
  • TOP - towards the top and after that pause
  • TEN - cease at 10:00 and cease and drop to keep the line straight because it falls

To practice, try standing along with your arm straight down. Bend your elbow horizontal along with your index finger pointing straight ahead. That is certainly the starting position for the cast. Move your hand upward until your index finger touches the top of your ear. That is the position for completion from the back cast portion. In case you look out in the corner of one's eye, you should have the ability to see the inside of one's palm.

To simulate the forward cast, let your hand fall to the 10:00 position that will be just below shoulder height. Then you may have completed all three stopping positions for any basic overhead cast. It’s very important to learn this cast, since it will be the basis for many other casting methods.

Overhead Cast Video