Podcast: Turnover and Tuck Casting — Tight Line Skills Series, #2

by | Jan 19, 2022 | 4 comments

 The Troutbitten Podcast, Season Two, is available everywhere that you listen to your podcasts.

** Note **  The Podcast Player, along with links to your favorite players is below.

Part two of this Troutbitten Skills Series focuses on the tuck cast. A good tuck is a turnover cast — where the loop unfolds completely in the air. In fact, a tuck cast is a fly-first entry, and it’s perfect for setting up the tight line advantage, where we keep everything up and out of the water that we possibly can.

We tuck cast not just to get deeper, but to setup the fly, tippet, sighter and leader in the best possible position to drift the flies down one seam. Accuracy starts with a good tuck, and not just accuracy over where the fly goes, but where all the parts of the leader go too.

My friend, Austin Dando, joins me on Episode Two for an in-depth discussion of this technique.

(Season three will return to my full panel of friends, with longer form discussion about all things fly fishing.)

Remember, this is part two of a nine-part skill set. Think of a Troutbitten Skills series as a course in one topic or one aspect of fly fishing, with different sections that eventually build a full set of knowledge.

Each of these podcasts is supported by a companion article of the same topic. And you can find the full overview of the Nine Essential Skills for Tight line and Euro Nymphing here:

READ: Troutbitten | The Nine Essential Skills for Tight Line and Euro Nymphing
READ; Troutbitten | #2 Turnover and Tuck Casting — Nine Essential Skill for Tight Line and Euro Nymphing

We Cover the Following
  • The fly first entry
  • The tight line advantage
  • True turnover
  • Casting vs lobbing
  • Put more juice in the cast
  • Leader design
  • Rod power
  • Loading the rod and feeling the tug
  • Leader power / Leader push
  • Angles and depths of a good tuck cast


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READ: Troutbitten | The Nine Essential Skills for Tight Line and Euro Nymphing
READ: Troutbitten | Category | The Mono Rig
READ: Troutbitten | Turnover and Tuck Casting
READ: Troutbitten | The Tuck Cast 
READ: Troutbitten | It’s Casting, Not Lobbing
READ: Troutbitten | Put More Juice in the Cast
READ: Troutbitten | Turnover

You can find the dedicated Troutbitten Podcast page at . . .


Episode three of season two is coming soon. Thanks again for your support, everyone.

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  1. Can you tuck cast with an attached indy?

    • Hi Craig.

      Absolutely, yes! Remember, all of these tight line skills set up a solid and advanced base for adding other tight line tactics. And one of the best variations is tight line to the indy.


      Yes, use the tuck cast when fishing the indy. In fact, without the tuck, you cannot have control over the placement of the fly and then the indy. We need a fly first entry, and then put the indy in the same current seam as the fly. That’s the goal, that’s the way to get a great dead drift. And without the tuck cast — full turnover before the fly hits, we don’t have that positioning. Using a tuck also allows us to choose how much slack or grace we allow the fly so it can fall faster.

      LOTS more about all of that in the links contained in this article above. Follow those links to the articles and you’ll learn a lot more. Lastly, check out the podcast from season one, titled: “Nymphing Tight Line to the Indicator Style — Contact Nymphing Principles With An Indy.”

      Make sense?


      • Yes thanks.

  2. Very informative series. The hosts really break it down and know their techniques.


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