Re: Why is my leader tangling on forward cast?
Lots of things can cause tailing loops, as covered well in the above links. My favorite trick to get them is to "short-stroke" my final cast, delivering the fly. All is well during false casting, then when I actually make the delivery to the water I tend to not bring my rod back as far as on the false casts. I get impatient. What happens at that point is I try to make my forward cast with a shorter than normal stroke, which overloads the tip. Alacazam! - a tailing loop. My solution is to give myself a little talking to, along the lines of, "Look, doofus, make the last cast just like the false casts. Let the last false cast go straight out, then fall to the water." Works for me. A little lawn casting, actually trying to softly drop a fly on a target works wonders. Lawn casting is great for breaking bad habits and instilling good thoughts. It also really makes your wife shake her head and lovingly laugh at you under her breath.