I'm fairly new as well, and was basically in the same spot you are about...oh, maybe 4 months ago. I'm not very good still, but I can do a variety of casts up to about 50-60 feet with *decent accuracy...which is good enough for most of the fishing I need to do. Sometimes I still do stupid things and mess up....hopefully that gets better with time.
The roll cast is great, but I'd also just get out in the open somewhere and at least give the overhead cast a shot. Just put some line out in front of you....doesn't take much just to practice false-casts. Lower the rod out in front of you, pull out any slack with your line hand, and do the slow acceleration to a quick stop over your shoulder. You can even just let the line fall to the ground behind you, just focus on slowly accelerating to a quick stop when the rod is roughly at the famous "2:00" position. Then just turn around and face the line and do it again until you're good with it.
Then instead of letting it fall behind you, start another slow acceleration to a quick stop for the forward cast and let it fall.
Then add both together and you'll be false-casting! Practice this with a small amount of line and try to focus on trying to hit the rod with the fly line on the forward cast because it tends to make your loops tighter. That's how I was taught anyway.
Now that I bass fish I use some completely different casts, but the roll cast and simple overhead are good to start with.
Later on you can focus on false casting with more fly line out, which loads the rod better. Once you get more fly line out you can work with hauling and shooting line....but I wouldn't mess with those until you get the overhead down pretty well.
My double haul isn't too great because I tend to overpower the rod....but I'm still practicing. I don't think I'll ever be "great" at it, hopefully just good enough to not embarrass myself and catch some fish
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Oh, and for wet flies -- check out that thread in the ...I think warm water section about "how to fish wet flies"
. It will tell you all you need to know.
Mostly I just cast them straight across in front of me, do a quick upstream mend (so the fly line doesn't immediately
start "pulling" the fly (drag) and so the fly can start to sink. Once it moves a little further downstream I usually just "point" at the fly and follow it with my rod until it starts to swing through the current back toward where I'm standing. Then I usually lob-cast it back upstream again.
Then move downstream a few steps and do it again
. Swinging a wet fly is easy to me....great beginner fly fishng technique.
I also use this "straight to the point" (read the link below under that heading) on one of my streams because it works well for that particular water.....it's so simple a child would probably come up with it
You stand there, drop the fly in the water, and literally just "feed" it downstream until it reaches the fish, or a fishy looking spot. It works quite well but looks kind of primitive. Who cares though? It puts the fly on the fish! In my cast I use it to get a fly under some heavy debris and I wouldn't want to cast into with my poor casting skills.
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There are some other techniques in that article too.
That said, don't listen to anything I say because I only have about 3 months on you most likely, lol.
Oh! and swinging wet flies is typically associated with stuff like trout/steelhead using actual, traditional "wet flies" (partridge and orange, cow dung, etc.) but I often use it with woolly buggers and smaller clouser minnows for bass and bluegill. I think it's pretty versatile. For "easy" you might also look into nymphing using a strike-indicator (bobber). A lot of fly fishing guides have their clients use this, especially for beginners since it gives you a good drift without much skill required. That said, I am trying to actually learn to nymph without the indicator as well as with it so I don't cripple myself
Hope this helps!