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Question Single Hand Casting Question

I've often wondered what the norm is for the following. When using a single handed rod and wanting to make a 45 degree cast from the line being fished out and hanging down stream, what do you do? Do you start with your rod pointing down river and make your cast or do you point the rod where you want the cast to go and then cast? Or something different all together.

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I should add, I'm referring to an over head cast not a single hand spey cast.

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This might help Leo.
This video is part of something I do in speycasting demos to show that the line follows the rod tip, in particular the lift towards your intended casting point before twisting into your D loop but for your intended purpose it works well too.

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Though I don't do a lot of them, a false cast will allow you to redirect a downstream line to the direction you want to cast. Also, a snap T cast and then a roll cast will allow you the redirection, if that will help. It may not be the best way but it works for me. Others may have different opinions.
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I've often wondered what the norm is for the following. When using a single handed rod and wanting to make a 45 degree cast from the line being fished out and hanging down stream, what do you do? Do you start with your rod pointing down river and make your cast or do you point the rod where you want the cast to go and then cast? Or something different all together.

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I should add, I'm referring to an over head cast not a single hand spey cast.
A switch-cast IOW and I change direction on the forward cast.

I face in the general direction that want to cast and begin the cast with the rod pointed at, toward, to or in the general direction of the fly prior to lifting the line. I face-off in the general direction that I want to cast so that the forward-cast goes off in a very natural manner from the casting shoulder and the torso isn't twisted or torked too much. To be clear - the lift and backcast are roughly 180 out (opposite direction ) from the hang-down. Then just as the back cast straightens out I make the forward cast in a straight line rod path to target. So the main change in direction occurs on the forward cast rather than on the back-cast. This is better for smaller changes in direction less than 45 degs out and I'll use repeated false casts for larger changes or in a strong wind.

If you dont mind a little splash-down on the water then the "repositioning" movements in spey casts are perfect for this too.

Leo, I think that gets to your question. Hope I made sense.
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