Re: Roll cast question
do y'all shoot line on the roll cast?
can you aerialize a roll cast?
at the end of your downstream drift, simply retrieve most of your line and pick up. plop it down upstream, shoot line on the roll cast to the target. ta-da! this is best option for delicate presentations (dry flies, spooky fish situations, short to medium distance roll casts, etc.)
the other best option is the 1-handed double-spey. (fine for streamer fishing and such on faster water, etc. where subtle approaches are not important)
if you learn to aerialize your roll cast (keep the loop in the air from the time you start the forward casting stroke until the fly lands), the upstream roll cast becomes far more efficient. i'll give you a hint: the fly line is going to follow the path of the rod tip on a bigger scale, right? can you execute a side-armed roll cast? play with it! and remember - slack is the enemy!