Re: Roll casting help needed
The roll cast stems from the spey cast. Its principle advantage is negating the need for a backcast.
To maximize the roll cast’s effectiveness, I recommend three points for consideration: use a double-tape (DT) line, use a ¾ sidearm backstroke, and shorten the leader as much as possible without scaring the fish.
The double-taper line makes for a smooth transfer of power along the belly of the line whereas the weight-forward line, by its very name, does not. The sidearm backstroke enables the rod to be carried further to the rear before initiating the forward cast. Remember to pause between backstroke and the forward cast if using a floating line. The momentary pause enables the water to “grab” the fly. (This technique uses the water to make the “haul.”) If you are using an intermediate or sinking line, do not pause between the backstroke and the forward cast. It you so, the line will begin to sink back into the surface film and ruin the cast.
Remember that practicing the roll cast can only be done on the water. To focus on the cast, I recommend you substitute a tuft of yarn for the fly … fishing and practicing the cast are not one in the same.