The overhead cast is a basic technique employed by most anglers mainly because it allows for a longer casting distance.

On top of that, this technique is easy for anyone to learn.

Here are five steps that will ensure you make that perfect overhead cast.


Hold your rod out in front of you, reel hanging down with the handle to the left (assuming you are casting with your right hand), as if you were already fishing. Open your reel’s bail-arm and have an amount of line equal to approximately half the length of your rod extended from the rod tip.


Your right hand should be gripping the rod near the reel, with the reelfoot (the part that you slot into the rod) between your index and middle finger, or between your middle finger and ring finger. Place your left hand on the handle near the butt of the rod, as if you were holding a sword.


Bring the rod straight up and behind your right shoulder while watching out for the hooks and people around you. Do not twist your wrist while doing so.


In a fluid motion, swing the rod forward and over your head, stopping sharply at the 2 o’clock angle. Snap your wrist forward and pull in with your left hand as you to increase the forward force.


You should see your rod flex and snap forward as you stop, propelling the weight forward. Assuming you haven’t hooked yourself, someone or something else, the line should peel off and whiz into the distance.


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