Re: Vertical casting vs non-vertical
When practicing a good routine to throw in once in a while is to cast around the clock. With a true vertical cast being 12:00, while false casting tilt the rod stroke gradually down to the 3:00 position and work the casts all the way up and over to an across the body stroke to the 9:00 position.
The low strokes are good for throwing casts under overhanging trees and for keeping the fly away from your body. If over or under powered, side arm casts will help you throw curve casts.
If casting right handed overpower a side arm cast off of your right side and do a very fast and firm stop and the line will flick over and curve to the left. Under power the same cast and it will create a sloppy, hard to repeat curve to the right. When doing curves I prefer using an overhead cast with a rod tip twist at the end of te stroke but the over and under powered strokes are reliable if not repeatable and accurate.
A low casting plane will also help keep the line out of the wind as there is less wind velocity the closer to the water you can make the casting stroke.
To what silver creek, the IFFF and Jason said, to check to see if you have twists in your line, hang two sections of line 10-20' from the leader butt a foot or two long next to each other and see if they twist together. If they do you have twisted line that can be untwisted by taking off the leader and letting the line float downstream or behind a running boat for a while. If a right handed caster you can also cast the line in clockwise circles over your head to remove twists, take twists out by spinning line pinched between your thumb and forefinger and shaking the twist out to the end and a host of other ways to remove twists including installing the line correctly right from start and/or using Rio or your variation of Rio anti-twist swivels.
Last edited by Jackster; 04-20-2013 at 10:53 PM.