The Tuck Cast is an important cast throughout the fishing season. It is particularly effective during the spring and high water. We want to get those nymphs DOWN!, down to where the fish are and hopefully feeding.
Let’s assume we are fishing one or two weighted nymphs, perhaps a bead head pheasant tail and a copper john.Depending on the current, both of these flies will get you to the bottom, eventually.We want them on the bottom at the beginning of the drift NOT somewhere near the end. We need for them to enter the water almost straight down…with force. This is where the Tuck Cast, invented by Joe Humphreys, does its thing.
The key here is that after lifting the flies off the water at the end of the drift, the backcast is made with extra effort….more line speed and rod load… to a crisp STOP. The forward cast follows the same pattern…more acceleration to a CRISP STOP. Rod position is a classic 10 to 2 pattern. The key to the kingdom here is that the rod tip stays high (10 o’clock) after the HARD forward STOP. A very subtle lift of the rod tip might be helpful at this point.
The line travels straight, parallel to the water, as it is SHOCKED by the HARD STOP and gentle lift. This action causes the line and flies to jump back and the flies to enter the water first, on a powerful down path.
Now keeping the rod tip high,10 o’clock, you are in the classic “high stick” position. This position facilitates line control, slack and to gently lead those flies, drag free, on the bottom, through the drift. You should now be able to immediately feel a take.