Bruce Chard’s Double Haul Drill

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In It For The Long Haul Photo by Louis Cahill

Today begins a special five part video tutorial on building blinding line speed. Line speed is the most important component in successful salt water fly fishing. There’s plenty of finesse involved but line speed is the cost of admission. If you can’t build the speed you need, you can’t catch the fish you want.

My good friend Bruce Chard is a certified master casting instructor and a truly inspiring caster. The first time, hell the first hundred times, I saw Bruce unload my jaw dropped. It’s humbling to watch what this guy can do with a fly rod. Bruce has a rare blend of skills. The technical know how of an engineer and the physical prowess of an athlete. With that in mind I asked him to help me create a set of videos that can take you from beginner to rock star. We’re calling it the Ultimate Line Speed Series. There’s a lot to cover but we’re starting here with everything you need to know about line speed.

We’re going to start slow, with the double haul. The basic building block of a dynamic cast. By day five we will be into some seriously advanced technique that is going to take serious practice. Follow along and in between videos practice what you learn and at the end of two weeks your going to be a lot better caster.

So to start, put down that fly rod, turn on the TV and get comfy on the couch and practice Bruce’s double haul drill.

At this point you should take a few minutes and review Joel Dickey’s videos on the double haul and building line speed as we will build on the techniques he demonstrates here.


Come fish with us in the Bahamas!

Louis Cahill
Gink & Gasoline 
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