Double Hauling in 300 Words

Okay, this little piece is something that I wrote for a fly-show booklet. I had enough space for 300 words and a photo. That’s not a lot of room in which to describe the double haul. In fact, once I got into it, I began to view the article as an exercise, paring down the words until the essentials were all that remained. Have a read (no illustrations!) and see if my little (and little is the operable word) exercise actually works…

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Double hauling is an efficient way to increase the amount of energy in the cast. You can learn the basics by using pantomining (casting motions sans rod or line).

Begin with both your rod and line hands at your “ready to cast” position. Put your line hand directly under your rod hand—the Beginning Haul Position. Now make a downward tugging motion with your line hand that is about a foot long and stop—the Ending Haul Position. Now, move your line hand back up to the Beginning Haul Position. That completes one haul cycle—a Single Haul.

Now, make another Single Haul motion, but this time as soon as you have reached the Ending Haul Position, immediately move your hand back up to the Beginning Haul Position. That is the basic timing: A “down/up” (à la Mel Krieger), or a “bounce.” Now let’s turn that into something real.

Starting at the ready position, begin to slowly pantomime a backcast. Move both hands in concert, following the rod hand with the line hand. Just as you are about to “turn-over” (a.k.a. “speed-up-and-stop,” “power-snap,” etc.) the imaginary rod, also begin to haul downward with the line hand. Mirror the speed, distance and motion of your rod hand with the haul. Your line hand should reach the Ending Haul Position at the essentially same time that your rod hand stops the rod.

On the forward cast, your hands travel together until the rod hand is approaching the “turn-over” position. Then, your line hand moves away, making another haul. By making a Single Haul on the backcast and a Single Haul on the forward cast, you have created a Double Haul. As you practice, learn to vary the length of the haul(s) with the length of the casting stroke (short stroke=short haul(s), long stroke=long haul(s)).

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  1. Jere Crosby says:

    The haul as described by the experts seems to be applied differently according to who you talk to. One “expert”, and I have actually called them on the phone, and talked to them at sportsman shows on this matter, describe the haul being made in but a very short distance, and applied only at the power stop point of the rod. Others will describe it as being applied over a longer length in a smooth acceleration of power coordinating with the speed, and length of travel of the rod hand. The rod hand speeds to a stop, and the line hand haul speeds to a stop.

    It does seem to be applied better if the line hand moves in a position in line with the rod passing through the rod guides, and not being applied in an angle to that of the line passing through the rod guides. In other words, at the end of the back cast haul your line hand is high, and not down at your side creating a line angle, if that makes sense.

  2. Jere,

    If you are able to study expert casters, especially distance casters, I think you will see the haul at less than a 30 degree angle to the first stripping guide. The reason—less friction. It adds to rod load, and first and foremost benefit, increase in line speed.

    Unless one is an expert caster the short sharp haul always carries the possiblity of a tailing loop.

    The word is “mirror” what the rod hand does with the line hand to keep things in balance, the primary benefit is a straight line path of the rod tip and hopefully tighter loops.

    In simple terms, start the haul when you start the casting stroke and end the haul when you you stop the rod. Keep it simple while you learn.

    Just my two sense,


    Jerry Puckett

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