04-17-2014, 05:59 AM
Re: ZG Helios 5 weight
Try a few things when you get a chance.
1. First off, holding the rod almost straight up at perhaps a 15 degree angle past your shoulder behind you, your upper arm tight to your body, and have your friend slowly pull at the line from maybe 15 yards away. Watch how the rod bends and feel it in your hand. Have him do this a few times.
2. Next, have him just stand there and from the same position, now you pull and just feel how the rod seems to change.
3. At this point, try something that may seem silly. Keep the rod as close to perfectly inline with your forearm as is possible. If need be even loosely wrap/tie the butt of the fly rod to your wrist...Holding the rod like that straight up is 12:00 o'clock......Now, with 15yds. of line out in front of you on the ground, your rod pointing at its far end (8:00 o'clock), pinching the line tight to the rod........quickly come back as though casting yet ONLY let your arm move by bending at the elbow, your upper arm tight to your body. As soon as your forearm meets your bicep stop, the rod roughly at 15 degrees behind you (2:00 o'clock), and feel the line as it pulls at the rod as it runs out behind you.
4. Do the above a couple times and when you feel ready, when you begin to feel the rod pull from the weight of the line behind you, only bending at the elbow point back to that 8:00 position.....So, 8:00 to 2:00 to 8:00 stop......If the line ends back up where it started.....Welp, you're casting a fly rod.
5. Once you now recognize that feeling, play with it......Again, rod inline with your forearm, just moving your elbow going from 8:00 to 2:00 to 8:00 stop....try pointing to new spots on the ground in front of you by pivoting from side to side.
6. Now, try that again, yet instead of going back to 8:00 and stopping, only pivot your elbow to say 10:00 and stop. When you feel the line load the rod in front of you like behind, pull it back to 2:00, back to 10:00, back to 2:00 always feeling for that line to pull at the rod before moving the other way.
7. Finally, release the line where you are pinching it to the rod, and instead hold it with your other hands fingertips.....Do all the same from item 4-6 yet now loosen up some......Just always stay aware that when pulling the rod back you never want it to go much past that 15 degrees past straight up. You'll also feel that line pull with your other hand even clearer.......Loosen up more and more, and just play with it.
See where that gets you......In just 15 minutes you can cast a fly rod (or buy insurance from a stupid lizard).
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Last edited by GrtLksMarlin; 04-17-2014 at 10:27 AM.