Originally Posted by flyfisher117
Heres my update, I'm frustrated.
The new line is an improvement, the rod definately feels like it is loading more (i can feel it a lot better than before) I am able to get a bit more distance (I was hitting the bushes behind me that I hit with the 5wt)
But I am having an extemely hard time adjusting to the action. I try nice steady slower paced start, accelerating, stopping, then as I feel the rod loading I start my nice start again slowly accelrating and I cant keep the line up off the ground, its loosing all of its momentum and energy.
I try speeding it up a bit (while keeping slower start with acceleration) and just get a wavy blob of line, still feel like I am trying to force the rod. How do I get more speed without forcing the rod? The rod just feels so noodley that I think im trying to make up for it in strength (even though if I try to let the rod do the work I cant keep the line off the ground.)
I wish I could take a class (or get a good video camera), Ive had no formal training its all just been my own time on the river with trial and error and the desire to hit that pocket of fish that is just a bit out of my casting range. Im so used to my big fat beefy 5wt that I can force a bit and really get the line to go that I cant find the speed for the 3wt.
You will be able to keep the line off of the ground on the back-cast with a well timed haul; it is a little difficult to learn the timing but it pays great dividends. Experiment with your haul timing; maybe you are pulling with your line hand a little too early or too late. And don't get too frustrated, it WILL click one of these times. I also am a self taught caster and I hate to give you bad news, but I was a pretty terrible caster for at least 2 seasons, then the trial and error, lawn casting, and muscle memory started to pay off. Keep parousing youtube casting videos, there is alot of free casting lessons on there. Not really a replacement for a one on one session, but you will figure some things out by watching others do it the right way.
I just went back and watched your casting video and your haul does look erattic; sometimes you are following your rod hand back with your line hand, other times you are pulling the line hand away from the rod hand...different speeds to your line hand movement also. That might be the problem, at least in part.