Originally Posted by wbaxl
Well I watched the video "flyfisher for men" posted and watching the man do the quick tug on the line was what I was missing. So for the most part I can do a double haul consistently, however as "turbineblade" posted I need to work on my backcast as I cant get a tight loop out of it like I can my forward cast. So the consensus is that I need to stop harder on my back cast for tight loop, right? Thanks
The harder stop will provide the needed line speed, loop control is all about practice with the amount your rod tip drops on the cast -- The straighter your tip tracks, generally the tighter the loop. Work with very short lengths of line and false cast until your loops look the SAME forward and backward....not a decent forward loop followed by wide, crappy back loops like I used to do
Tight loops with good line speed will "jump" the line out of your rod guides and you won't have to worry about the other things...they'll come naturally.
In SW I use a lot of hauling and use it for loop stability, line speed, and to take some effort off my casting arm.....and it adds distance, etc. For trout fishing with light, flex rods (like a TFO finesse) I tend to only use short hauls for loop control because I don't need distance, and am often making slack line casts.....don't worry about those yet -- get better, than learn to cast crappy again....lol. For small streams I might not haul but once every few casts or so, and maybe only a single haul on the backcast or something. I do a lot more roll casting though --
I guess hauling requires some coordination that you must learn, but shooting line is IMO purely a result of good casting -- nothing more.
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I'm not any kind of model caster, but this is me false casting a short-med length of line using a double haul. Since both loops are reasonably tight, the line already wants to "pull" in either direction and me adding a pull (haul) adds a little line speed and takes the word off my casting arm. This is a 9' 5-weight rod with a basic 5WF line.
If you can double haul a 2-weight, DT fly line on a flexy fly rod -- I'll tip my hat to you!