Think of the roll-cast pick-up as an escape plan when you have a mess of line on the water. If you have slack line outside of your rod-tip, it will be very difficult to make a cast. A roll cast is made by placing the line behind you, raising the rod to the upright position and then driving the rod-tip forward in a very straight path.
For a roll cast pick-up, you will not let the line hit the water, but rather allow the line to straighten in front of you and then make a false cast. This is also the way you would execute a “Fly-in-hand” presentation. For an accurate cast, the line must be placed behind you 180 degrees from your target.
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