Sunday Classic / 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.


I’d like to thank the good folks at Deneki Outdoors for their help with this project.  It’s awfully nice to have the worlds best bonefishing and bonefish guides on hand, even if we’re just talking about casting.

Come fish with us in the Bahamas!

Louis Cahill
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11 thoughts on “Sunday Classic / Bruce Chard’s Double Haul Drill

  1. Excellent Post Louis! I watched the videos twice already. Going to wait for the temps here in MI to get into the 30’s then I’m going to practice a little in the yard. I’ll post a link to this on my FB page as well. Keep this good stuff coming, I really appreciate it.

  2. Thanks Louis. Time to get the Twelve weight out…

    While it is my first love, trout fishing all the time wrecks my salt water cast.

  3. As simple as Bruce Chard’s double haul exercise may look no matter how experienced you are at the double-haul this is a very effective training and muscle memory exercise to improve your double-haul.

  4. I like how Joel mentions, in the third video, only using 20ft of line to practice. When I’m working on fundamentals, I typically only strip off 20-30ft of line to do so. It keeps things simple, compact, and controlled. Great post, and great videos!

  5. I always related casting to music/rhythm/tempo. Keep the beat. Keep the timing. More line, slower tempo. Less line, faster tempo. Tempo is speed. Your rhythm is your is your cast whether it’s single haul, double haul, no haul. More line will need more power, fact. It’s more line, then there’s more weight. However, rhythm/timing/tempo are your main challenges. Casting knows no salinity.

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