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Old 03-17-2013, 10:29 PM
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Default Re: Fun with tailing loops!

I'm back from fishing.

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Does anyone else enjoy this ability?
Absolutely! I actually do a cast I call "The Mango Joe" cast when trying to get under overhanging mango (AKA:Mangrove) trees to catch Mango snapper (AKA Mangrove snapper). Actually, for many years I thought Mangrove Snapper WERE Mango Snapper since that's what everyone I knew used to call them.

It only works with a heavy fly and from the bow of a skiff.. To do it, you breaK the 180 degree rule with high backcast and a very high forward cast.

But you also must apply an abrupt force and a haul way, way too early along with way too short a casting stroke. This causes a ridiculous concave tip path with the rod tip abruptly popping up way too high.

It also must be done with the rod held off- vertical and no wind into your casting shoulder.

What happens is that a "normal" loop will form off the tip. But the momentum of the inrushing line is in a downward direction. So the top loop will start to close very quickly and then another loop will form beneath it upside down and start overtaking the top loop. That lower loop has a more downward trajectory.

But the upper loop will continue toward the target also and form a complete circle counteracting the downward trajectory (when done "right") of the lower loop and the fly will skim along just above the water and the leader will turn over from the bottom side up. When the time is right, you lower the rod tip feeding in slack, and the fly will precede the line into the hole in the mangos.

The lower loop momentum will pull the upper loop/circle out straight.

You cannot do it from the cockpit of the skiff or the fly is very likely to hit the gunwales. It is basically an adaption from cane pole fishing.

You can practice it on grass with some split shot and yarn. Just remember to cast off-vertical because the splitshot will be passing well beneath the rod tip and well below your head height. Try it with a fairly short leader at 30 feet or so distance.

A more descriptive term would be something like "the floating-hinge toppling swing cast". The upper loop being the floating hinge and the lower loop being the swing attached to it.

We had a decent late afternoon fishing considering 12-18 wind. Fortunately, we had two periods of calm lasting about 20 minutes each and got all the meager bites during those calm periods. Neither of us had everr caught any peacocks there but today we got three. I hope they don't adversely affect the LM bass - because there are some enormous ones in there. But I did manage to lose two very nice ones today and caught a smaller one and all were fat and sassy. None had three eyes, no big tumors or anything, so hopefully the Top Secret defoliation project will not have any adverse effects on the fish and forage.

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