The Wallis Cast

The Wallis cast is steeped in tradition and is widely considered to be the hardest centerpin cast to master. Thought up for use in distance casting competitions by British angler William Bailey, it wasn't untill the 1930's that this cast would become better known and receive it's name. Another British angler, FWK Wallis, would popularize this cast and the rest would be history. Here's a look at this "It's harder than it looks" cast as demonstrated by Randy Gerrick.

The pictures below are of a LEFT handed caster.

Start with a rod lengths of line out.
Place the lowest shot in your free hand and hold it in the fold of your fingers.
Using the same hand (right in this case) use your thumb or index finger to pull off about an arms length of line to your line side (again, right on this case).

The rod hand should have the reel braked with your thumb.
Rotate your upper body 90* to your line side. That's away from the side that's holding the rod (right pictured).

The line should still be looped over your thumb or index finger.
Perform the next 2 steps in rapid succession, all in the same smooth motion:

Step #1
Swing your body and rod back to the forward position, dropping the split shot that's in your fingers. The spool is braked with one thumb and the line still looped over the other.
Step #2
With your line hand, gently pull off enough line to get the spool spinning (you must of course release your brake on the reel!) and finish the forward cast. As the cast is about to hit the water, use your thumb to gently stop the spool to prevent over-run.
Easy, huh?
Click the links below for a short video of the Wallis Cast

WMV | Flash

More Tips & Tricks
  • When first learning the Wallis Cast, or any others for that matter, use junk line. You're more than likely going to be striping a "bit" off when you bird-nest it a few times.
  • A little heavier shot and float will help you get the hang of wallis casting. After you get it down, slowly increase your distance and reduce the weight.
  • If you find yourself constantly getting bird-nests, slow down the line pull at the end of the cast.
  • Timing is everything with the wallis cast ;-)