Originally Posted by FrankB2
How would stopping a rod load it???
Well, this is really advanced stuff that will probably only confuse the issue in this thread, but...actually...it can
and usually does.
it's not a good thing. it should be kept to an absolute minimum, but is a tool best left to the most accomplished of casters or the rodmakers. remember this?
"for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction."
so what else happens when you abruptly stop a fly rod besides the loop forming in the line when the rod straightens? ah-hah! the rod actually over
-straightens a bit and then returns to straight through a series of increasingly minute pendulum swings
, doesn't it? boing-oing-oing-oing-oing!
casting experts and rodmakers refer to this as rod recovery or recovery vibration.
rodmakers try to minimize this through improved construction and engineering. and i'm not even going to mention how some really advanced casters try to minimize it. but i'll say this: there's a good reason why you should not grip a fly rod any tighter than you must to keep control of it, and this is a big part of the reason.
so, since "load" = nothing more than "bend," stopping the rod does cause it to both unload and reload (a few times in rapid succession).
the reason it is pertinent at all to understand this is because this recovery action on the stop dissipates some of the energy transfer
to the fly line. remember what i said about the more efficiently
the unloading of the rod transfers the energy to the line the better off we are? well, there are actually a host of factors that reduce this efficiency, many of which never even cross our minds.