Underhand casting (double
From a distance the underhand cast looks pretty much like
other roll casting or switch casting methods to the uninitiated onlooker.
However, as they say the devil is in the detail and the subtle movements
that may escape a casual glance do indeed make the method a very effective
one. More than any other method, the Underhand emphasises the importance
of fine-tuning man and equipment to optimise performance, rather like
having a bespoke set of golf clubs or a fitted gun. Fortunately, you can
do customising at little or no additional cost.
This is a roll casting method that requires minimum backspace.
It uses the leader and fly as the anchor and uses the short fly line in
a controlled, optimised 'D' loop that will load the rod to perfection
and allow long shoots The hand positions are quite different to that used
for Spey or overhead casting. These methods depend on rod flex between
the hands; the Underhand cast relies on the lever and pivot principle
with the hands comparatively close together. Upper hand grip uses the
forefinger and thumb to encircle the handle. The lower hand uses a more
conventional 'ball and socket' grip to deliver the acceleration that,
magnified by the rod, produces the high line speed required for long casts.
Note that the upper hand is relatively still, most of the work being done
by the underhand. There are many misconceptions about the Underhand some
of them have caused disillusionment to anglers trying to perform the cast
for the first time without any expert guidance. If you would like to know
the secrets of underhand casting, contact
me to arrange fly fishing instruction or attend one of my fly fishing