THE ROD AND LINE FOR THE JOB
A fast, tip-action rod makes it easier to cast a tight loop into gaps in the foliage. A slow, through-action rod bends more throughout its length as you lengthen line. This results in the rod tip moving through a large arc and throwing a wider, more open loop – not ideal in narrow spaces. However, at close range, both fast and slow rods are capable of casting narrow loops because a short length of line will not load either rod greatly, they’ll bend mostly in the tip section. When casting a long way, where the load from the longer line is greater, the fast rod makes casting tight narrow loops much easier. I find fly-lines with a short front taper load the rod well when casting short distances. Use a drab-coloured line.
Fast- or tip-action rods are best to keep casting loops narrow under trees.