07-25-2010, 12:58 PM
Re: Beginner ?'s - too much muscle in cast
Jwit, if you have a video camera, or can borrow one, film yourself.
In my experience there is a desending order of problems with learning to cast..
#1 casting issue for many, is the soft/sloppy stroke stop.
If your stroke ends with the rod even close to parallel with the ground, either on the front or back stroke, you have found the problem. Like these guys mentioned, a crisp stop at 10 & 2 oclock is key!
I picture a hitching rail, right where I need to stop, (gonna hurt my wrist if I don't stop).
Waving the rod with more shoulder than forearm prevents loading much power into the rod. The acceleration is too gradual to do much good, so you need to push.
#3 issue is line.
Man what a difference the right line on the rod makes!
Might be interesting to try a few lines on the grass, with your rod, at the local shop.
Getting the right weight line for a rod works wonders.
When I'm teaching a beginner, I have them lay a hand on mine while I'm casting, to let them feel how little force is really needed to cast 30-40 ft.
Keep wrist movment to a minimum, use the velcro strap method (instead of duct tape), if neccesary. Getting the cast squared away takes patience, but it's worth the time/effort.
Ultimately, it's not catching fish that satisfies, but knowing how.