05-27-2011, 09:25 AM
Re: Applying Power!
Smooth does not mean slow.
Take a shot glass and fill it 1/3 with water then stand with a wall 3-4 feet behind you. Accelerate to a stop and shoot the water into the wall. It should hit with a loud splat nearly all of it in a small area - not in a line on the wall. That is the motion for the backcast. You need a good backcast to get a long forward cast. To get a really loud "splatt" you wiill need a good wrist snap at the very end of the stroke just before the stop. The "squeeze the handle to a stop".
When you switch to the rod, just practice pickups and one backcast just like if a fish rose behind you and you are casting to it. After the "backcast-stop" extend your rod tip toward the direction of the line.
Then turn around, and walk back (if necessary) to get all the slack out of your line and do it again. No forward casts or false casting, just pickups and backcast laydowns. Watch the loop on the backcasts, and vary the "stop" position until you are getting nice tight loops. Then increase the amount of line you have out once you are happy with the loops and try it with more and more line out.
Once you have tuned your backcasts, then start working on distance.
PS: Read the thread entitled "Creep"
Last edited by wjc; 05-27-2011 at 09:39 AM.
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