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Old 04-09-2012, 12:48 PM
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Default Re: Beginner: Different technique for slow rod?

When we extend the cast, we we change both the amount of rod butt rotation and we change the shape and length of the stroke path. From my previous post, it should be clear that the more power we put in to a cast, the deeper the rod will bend and the deeper the rod bends, the shorter the rod's chord length (effective rod length - the distance from the butt of the rod to the rod tip). So the rod tip actually comes closer to the casting hand as we flex the rod. So we need to modify the shape of the stroke path to keep the rod tip moving in a Straight Line Path (SLP). Hence the convex path.

For a longer path we know that the stoke length gets longer. We have shown that it must change it's shape. Finally, the delay between the forward and back cast gets longer. So a caster must master these 4 variables of rod butt rotation, stroke length, stroke shape, and timing to make a good cast. Add the variables of wind, and fly weights, fly resistance; and is it any wonder that fly casting is difficult to master. If we told a beginner all of this, very few would want to try.

The purpose of explaining all of this is to demonstrate that learning to cast on your own can be very, very challenging. So when a beginner says such and such is happening, it is unlikely that the bad cast is due to a single flaw. A lot of things have to come together for a good cast.
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