Re: Beginner: Different technique for slow rod?
The original poster stated he was fishing a small stream buy wanted to learn to cast properly. Based on results I see from many fly anglers each year, most cannot cast 40ft unless there is no wind and 50 might as well be a mile. That is almost always because nobody ever showed them how to do it correctly. Just because a particular stream does not require long casts with tight loops is not a reason not to learn to cast properly. One never knows when an opportunity to fish in another place arises and being able to cast will come in handy. The improper cast that allows anglers to get by on small streams holds them back when they come fishing in open water. Had they learned proper technique to begin with, add the extra distance is much easier than trying to break a lifetime habit of wrist casting from 10-2. I meet lots of people each year who have fly fished for years and cannot come close to reaching 40ft. If 10-2 works fine for you, that's great. It does not, however, have anything to do with a proper casting stroke.