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EXTEND about 30 ft of line. Set your feet comfortably apart, the foot on your rod side slightly back. Place your thumb on top of the grip, wrist cocked down. Point the rod low, and pull in any slack with your other hand.
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BEGIN the backward stroke, raising your forearm smoothly but keeping your wrist cocked. The rod tip should move straight back, not swing outward in a semicircle. As the rod nears vertical, stop your arm abruptly.
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SNAP your wrist rearward and upward forming the loop. The unrolling line should have no waves, and the loop should be narrow. Pause until the line is nearly unrolled, and then begin the forward stroke.
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PUSH your arm smoothly toward the target, accelerating gradually. Stop the arm suddenly when your rod reaches the 45-degree position. Your wrist is still bent at the same angle it took at the end of the rearward snap.
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SNAP your wrist forward, forming a narrow loop. As before, the snap is very short but powerful. For a soft presentation, the cast should be aimed 2 or 3 feet above the spot where you want the fly to settle.
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LOWER the rod gradually to a horizontal position as your line unrolls forward. The line will drop softly to the water. The leader should straighten completely, and the fly will land directly on the target.
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