There are slightly different methods out there when it comes to the perfect basic cast. Reject them all. Learn this one first—you'll have an easier time juicing the technique later. Start practicing in your backyard or wherever you have room.
- Bring the rod overhead with even, quick power. At the instant the rod comes to a 2 o'clock position, stop the motion sharply.
- Cast the line forward and backward, stopping at the 10 and 2 o'clock positions. Watch the loop of the line. Concentrate on throwing tight loops that unspool completely each time you stop the rod.
- Pull excess line off the reel with your left hand. For your final cast, stop the rod tip in the direction you want the fly to travel, and release the line with your left hand. The slack will stream out, adding distance to the cast.