04-19-2010, 10:27 AM
Re: Adjusting the cast to the action.
Darnhili, when I am getting someone, squared away, with a new faster rod. I have them face away from me, and close their eyes, then I slowly load the rod by pulling on the line, while it is locked at their back stroke (two o'clock). When the force applied inclines them to bend their wrist rearwards a little, thats the feeling to look for.
Whether you have a soft or fast rod, you need to feel the load in it before you start your forward stroke. A complete stop, either in front or rear is so important to the physics of the cast. A soft stop with a soft rod might let you feel the time for forward stroke, but not with a "fast action" rod. Accelerate the rod, then stop like you've hit a wall.
Once you feel the load in the rod, you are ready to cast.
When I cast a clients rod for the first time, I lay some line on the water and "water load" it once, to see where it loads. Then I need a stroke or two to feel the timing.
Many times I get more from their old rod than they do. My experience tells me, folks need to dial their cast more, than they need a new rod.
Where I find it is time for them to get a new rod, is when they try and fish bobbers/indies/weight with a soft dry fly rod. There is a design peramiter to every tool, you have to learn each tool's action, to gain the most good from it. Then, learn where it is best applied, or not.
I have been casting a switch rod lately, and find it is much slower/softer than the rods I normally cast. This requires me to wait a long time "seemingly" before my front stroke.
A shorter snappy stroke will teach more about your new rod than throwing 100 feet.
Besides, the fish are right next to you! Go get'em! Hope this helps a bit.
Ultimately, it's not catching fish that satisfies, but knowing how.