Double hauling in fly fishing is a casting technique used to increase the length and accuracy of a cast. It involves the use of two power strokes, or hauls, instead of one. This technique enables a caster to achieve greater distances and accuracy, when executed properly.
The first step in double hauling is to begin a normal cast by making a forward stroke. As the rod moves forward, the line should be drawn back towards the caster with the index finger and thumb of the opposite hand. This creates tension on the line which allows for increased line speed during the forward stroke.
Once this tension has been created, it is important for the caster to continue accelerating their forward stroke until it reaches its maximum speed. At this point, they should begin their second haul by pulling back on their line with their index finger and thumb as they did before. This creates even more tension on the line which generates additional speed and power on the next forward stroke.
As with any casting technique, proper timing is essential for successful double hauling. In order to get maximum distance out of each cast, it’s important to maintain a consistent rhythm between hauls and not allow too much time between each one. Additionally, it’s important that both hauls have equal strength as any unevenness will produce an inaccurate cast.
Conclusion: Double hauling is an effective casting technique used by fly fishers to increase distance and accuracy in their casts. It requires two power strokes or “hauls” instead of one and relies on proper timing in order to generate maximum distance from each cast. With practice and patience, double hauling can be mastered and become an invaluable tool for fly fishers looking to improve their casting ability.