Mike Heritage FFF MCI UK

Fly casting and talking fly casting bollox

Roll Cast

Because nearly all of my casting practice is on grass I have had to develop a way to roll cast on grass, close anchor and a biggish D loop. All fine and dandy for grass. However it does lead to some bad habits that have to be sorted out whenever water becomes involved and the grass style just won’t do if you are going to be tested. You can have a much shallower D loop and the anchor can be a lot further away on water. The rod can also be a lot more upright, which is what an examiner would want to see. This is because the anchor will stick where it is placed as the fly, leader and line will be gripped by the surface of the water so that the tension created by the stroke isn’t lost. On grass, the moment you begin the forward stroke the tag slips.

 I have pondered this problem and come up with a piece of equipment that not only solves the anchor problem but also requires you to be accurate, so you get two for the price of one.

As a picture is worth a thousand words I have filmed it in action for you and you can see it here http://vimeo.com/12641585  in glorious slo mo and here in real time http://vimeo.com/12642763


June 17, 2010 - Posted by | fly casting, Flycasting instruction | ,


  1. Nice one Mike. The first video works fine, but the second video comes up as private?



    Comment by Will | June 18, 2010 | Reply

  2. Ok Will, thanks. I will see if I can fix it.

    Comment by Mike Heritage | June 19, 2010 | Reply

  3. Just in case it might be of interest:

    Comment by Aitor | June 21, 2010 | Reply

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