Casting Clinic

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 Shane Morrison -719-352-6492


“Double Haul: Casting with Grace” 

Whether you are a saltwater or freshwater angler, you really should learn to double haul at some point.  It’s an integral part f casting.  “Why double haul?”  the Double Haul is a technique that assists in casting longer distances by loading the rod more deeply and increasing line speed simultaneously.  In saltwater fly fishing you must cast quickly, often shooting line from fifty, sixty, seventy feet or more with just a couple of false casts.  Wind is a constant condition on the saltwater flats.  To penetrate the wind we must have tight loops and high line speed.  The haul helps tighten you loops, increases line speed, and reduces the time it takes for your loop to unroll, giving the wind less time to blow your line off track.


“So what,” you say, “I don’t cast distance or fish saltwater.” But you cast in the wind don’t you?

For freshwater anglers, hauling helps you cast better on a big lake or a spring creek. If you are

sitting in a pontoon boat or canoe or wading deeply, it is hard to get line out because you are

lower to the water. The haul will help you pick up line and shoot it back out. Also the haul helps

turn over heavy, wind-resistant flies on a bass pond or a big Steelhead river. And hauling helps

turn over very long delicate leaders for accurate presentation on crystal clear spring creeks.


In order to do a double haul, as you start the casting stroke the line hand pulls the line down

through the guides, hands moving apart. As you stop the rod, you stop the haul simultaneously.

Your line hand then returns the line up through the guides, hands moving together during the

pause and while the line unrolls. The double haul can be done on either the forward or back cast,

but usually both.


Principally the haul does two things together – increase the line speed and increase the load

(bend) in the rod. But I also find that learning to double haul improves your stroke, increases

smoothness by taking out line slack, and improves control over the loop size and shape. You cast

with less effort because the energy is balanced between both hands allowing you to can cast

longer. The movement of the hands keeps the body in balance, and improves your timing and

gracefulness. Last but not least, it’s a lot of fun!


 Shane Morrison 216-2686 (mobile)