Re: Low power on roll cast
I just started fishing a slower rod, but I've found that going a bit slower on the forward cast seems to make the difference for me (and I think this would apply to faster rods too). I always to try to overpower it, but I realized that was my problem. I pull the line back and around to form a wide D-loop, which pulls all the line up to the surface (when fishing a wet), and then a slow progressive forward cast, with a slight haul if there is a lot of line out to load the rod a bit deeper.
I was able to do this with a heavily weighted, tung-head bugger and it worked just fine this past weekend and kept my fly in the water longer than backcasting every cast.