In a standard reach cast, the forward stroke must cease when the rod is high, say at eleven o'clock. As well as your forward cast must be extremely slow to offer you time to execute the proper reach. The instant after the rod stops, gently reach the rod upstream because the line is falling.

You should finish reaching ahead of the line first touches the water, with all the rod pointing perpendicular for the line. In other words, in the finish of a good reach cast, the line does a 90-degree bend at the tip-top of the rod.

To shoot during the reach, completely let go in the line the instant you start to move the rod upstream. It is crucial that you completely release the line at this point. You will know you have made a good reach cast when you see the line and leader running dead straight in the rod tip towards the fly.

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