Have you tried not locking your wrist? The wrist does play a role in casting. Joan Wulff describes the wrist motion as something like what your wrist does
when opening a screen door: at the end of the stroke, the fist tightens and the thumb drops a little
. Hold your hand out, and make the motion you'd make opening a screen door with a button, or the old type refrigerators. Charles Ritz also described this wrist action in his book. Some instructors use a wet sponge
to demonstrate the squeeze of the wrist at the end of the stroke.
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Tim Landwher says there's "No Wrist" in fly casting, and then proceeds to use
his wrist (beginning at the 6:00 minute mark):
It's a good video, but I think that Tim's emphasis on "No Wrist" is an attempt to get people to put there arm into play, and avoid waving the rod around without any power. Tim does follow his "No Wrist" comment with "No wrist in the beginning" of fly casting. He clearly uses his wrist, however. It also helps to get the rod tip out of the way of the line. Some people drop the rod too far at the end of the casting stroke because of too much wrist, and this is probably what Tim is trying to steer anglers away from with the wrist comments. Watch what he does as much as what he says.