The water haul cast is phenomenal for fly fishing small trout streams. I love it for a few reasons. First, because it allows you to make a presentation without false casting over the fish. This is done by you using the water and fly line to load your fly rod and present your fly/flies in one cast. On highly technical water, where you have spooky fish, this niche cast can significantly increase your catch rates. Second, the water haul works great for tight quarters where you don’t have a lot of room to cast. The biggest mistake I see fly anglers make when they’re water hauling, is rushing the cast. You want to slow your roll when you’re performing this fly cast on the water. The water haul cast takes about twice as long to make a presentation with your fly than a traditional fly cast, and that is because you combine the pick up and the water haul together.
If you’re having problems getting the distance or straightening out your leader and fly when your water hauling, try slowing down and you should see your cast improve. A proper setup is key before you begin a water haul cast. I like to set up my water haul cast by first roll casting my flies down stream of me. That way I can get my flies straight downstream of me and have a straighter line to my target. I also do this so I can get the correct amount of fly line out so I can reach my intended target. I then drop my rod tip to the water and smoothly accelerate my rod through the casting stroke to a quick stop. Anglers wanting to increase their line speed and get extra distance with this cast can also apply a smooth single haul with their stripping hand as the rod begins to load during the water haul. It takes a while to get used to it, but after you get the hang of it, you’ll be surprised how effortless it makes your water haul cast. I use the water haul cas myself and with my clients all the time. It’s perfect for beginners who are not yet comfortable casting traditionally in tight quarters or who have problems with getting tangles. Less false casting, equals less tangles and more fishing.
Try it out next time you’re on the water trout fishing. The water haul cast can often be the perfect tool in your bag to catch trout when other casts are too difficult to present your fly where you’re fly fishing. Last tip I’d like to give you is pay attention to the path of your rod tip during your water haul cast. When you’re trying to present your flies under overhead cover with a water haul, it’s very important that you keep the rod trip traveling low and sideways, not over the top or over head. The later will have your flies traveling to high above the water and will regularly end up in the trees and bushes.
Below is a video demonstrating how to make a water haul cast.
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