Re: Top 3 For Bettering Your Cast
There are more than 3 top tips but if I had to choose:
Rule 1. Remove all slack line and start cast with rod tip pointed to the water or the lawn.
Beginners ALWAYS start with the rod level or angled up with slack in the fly line. This results in the casting motion removing the slack rather than moving the fly. The beginner then has to take the rod way back, with the arm fully extended in a windshield wiper motion to remove slack and move the fly. This result in a big loop and an under powered back cast that cannot the load the forward cast.
A low rod position with all slack removed allows a compact casting motion to cast the line.
Rule 2. The stroke is a smooooothhhhh increasing acceleration with the greatest acceleration just before the stop.
Beginners start too fast and end too slow. The optimized cast is just the opposite.
This smooth increasing acceleration optimally loads the fly rod without the dips that cause a tailing loop. The smooooth acceleration prevents waves in the fly line and does not "shock" the rod.
Rule 3. The stop must be sudden and hard.
Beginners end too slow. They slow down just before the stop and this robs energy from the cast because the unbending or straightening of the fly rod occurs over a longer distance and time and it widens the loop.
Emphasize the hard stop.
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Last edited by silver creek; 10-22-2012 at 10:41 PM.