Re: Vertical casting vs non-vertical
So far we have :
1)Keeps the line away from the body more than vertical cast.
2) Good for getting under obstructions.
3) A low casting plane will help keep the line out of the wind.
4) Stealth - rod and line not flashing high at fish in calm clear water - less likely to spook them. Nor does that *movement (*5 below) rock the skiff like a rocking motion back and forth.
5) Power through torsion - hip and shoulder rotation does not affect rod tracking at all. If the rod remains horizontal, the tracking is perfectly in plane.
a. vertical loops do not cause fly to hook if cast a little too hard.
b. to place fly to the left, say, of a previous false cast requires an adjustment in only one plane.
2) Easier to keep line off the water or grass when false casting. Line is higher and takes more time to fall.
3) Finding range. (*why can't that be done off-vertical?)
4) Better roll casting for distance and again accuracy.
5)Can see the line better as an instructor or student.
6)Can see loops and line behaviour better as an observer.
7) Better for distance. (Absolutely, in calm conditions.)
8) easiest cast to slip in between vertical obstructions on/in the water or on shore.
9) Very versatile. Great number of specialty casts and mends work off the vertical cast.