What is a change of direction cast?
Change of direction casts are modifications of other casts that allow the presentation of the fly from a starting position to a finishing position that is generally several degrees to 180 degrees from the starting position. This is measured from the caster with lines to the start and finish targets. For example, a Pick-up and Lay-down cast to the same target would have 0 degrees change of direction. Picking up, false casting multiple times, and moving the target 20 feet to the left, we would measure the angle as a line from the caster to the starting position and from the caster to the finishing position.
Keys to change of direction
» Back cast 180 degrees from intended target
» Smaller changes are generally easier to control
» Use the appropriate cast to achieve the necessary change