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Default Casting Tip - Try a "C" Cast Pickup

Jason Borger has just put up a slow motion video of a "C' Cast Pickup on his blog. It a great method to both lift a dry off the water and snap water off of the fly so it is ready to be recast.

The top link is Jason's video and the next link is Gary's link about the "C" Cast Pickup. Jason's link is temporary since his blog is undergoing a revamp so I don't know how long the link will be up.

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Gary Borger Blog Archive The C Pickup
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Been doing that for quite a while.

Just never knew it had a name. Learn something new every day (I hope).
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Default Re: Casting Tip - Try a "C" Cast Pickup

Silver: Thanks!

I saw a video of the C Cast Pickup earlier this summer and started practicing in the front yard, it is a pretty clever technique.
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Default Re: Casting Tip - Try a "C" Cast Pickup

Good video. I will try this. I have tried doing a semi, half-a**ed, spey cast to dry the fly, i.e. back and forth, horizontally in front of me. The biggest problem I have is little room for back casting in my waters.

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Default Re: Casting Tip - Try a "C" Cast Pickup

I always just called that the"waggle". I never did it in polite company though, I thought I would be made fun of.

Maybe I am a better caster than I thought
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Default Re: Casting Tip - Try a "C" Cast Pickup

Look at this Italian Style Casting video at 2 min 50 seconds and you will see the "C" cast pickup.


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Default Re: Casting Tip - Try a "C" Cast Pickup

I was playing with that pickup a couple years ago in the field after watching a spey caster doing "snake rolls".

I've not used it on the water, but is a good way to get a wide angle change of direction if going towards the left (counter clockwize) for a right-handed caster wielding a powerful rod. The larger the circle, the wider the change of direction.

The backcast can then directed well off to the side rather than straight back on the pickup. You start the pickup in a big counter-clockwise circle and accelerate through the circular motion all the way through and out to your right side.

(added) I'd think it would be most applicable to guys swinging streamers on big waters.
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Default Re: Casting Tip - Try a "C" Cast Pickup

I was taught that this method was used to avoid the "pop" I (we?) so often get when I (we?) pull back to cast. I was only taught to do what he calls a "small" C, never thought to make it into a sorta snake roll. Another one to file away in the back of my pea- size brain........

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Default Re: Casting Tip - Try a "C" Cast Pickup

Never knew any of that had names. Just stuff I do with the rod. Over the years just kind of did those things. I did learn some Spey techniques over the years to help too, but never thought of the techniques by any names. Just casting.
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Default Re: Casting Tip - Try a "C" Cast Pickup

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Been doing that for quite a while.

Just never knew it had a name. Learn something new every day (I hope).
In 2hander this is very common in tight casting conditions. Keeps your rod tip/line out of those pesky trees. Called a 'Circle Spey' if memory serves.

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