Re: Question Re: Transition from Back to Forward cast
Jamie welcome to the forum. Although it may be hard to believe now as you're learning, it will become second nature after a while part feel part experience
It might help a bit to open up your stance a bit so you can actually see the line straighten out on the backcast.
If you hear crack the whip sounds it means you're not waiting long enough for the line to straighten out.
And generally the more line you're carrying in the air, the longer you have to wait for the backcast to straighten out behind you.
Try to resist the urge to start cheating forward while your line straightens out behind you--- it will shorten the stroke that's under load with the fly line and your cast may run out of gas (the line might pile up in front of you). If you notice this happens a lot try actually drifting back just a bit with your arm after your sudden stop on the backcast. In many cases this helps you get a smooth acceleration with the rod under load from the fly line on the forward stroke.
Again, as Lefty Kreh says, don't try to "rip your underwear" trying to power your way to distance. Try instead to work on your timing--- a good inspiration is watching Joan Wulff cast she's a woman in her 80's, maybe 100 lbs soaking wet and she casts effortlessly just using timing, smooth acceleration and sudden stops.