01-03-2009, 07:39 PM
Re: tapered leader became a knotted leader...
Originally Posted by Frank Whiton
Your back or fore cast should begin when the line is in a "J" shape with a few feet that has not unrolled. When you see the "J" on your back cast that is the time to start your fore cast. You start the cast slowly, accelerate and abruptly stop your rod tip..........
Most wind knots are generally caused by the caster apply too much power on the stroke, especially the fore stroke. I did this for years until I learned that fly casting is not about strength. It is about technique and timing.
Quoted for Emphasis! Good advice, Frank. The word is accelerate
, rather than pouring on full power immediately. You'll find that less effort can
lead to greater results. Timing and allowing the rod to work for you is the
I also agree with Frank Whiton's comments about different strokes for different folks. It is important to begin with what most people would consider a conventional cast. I tell my wife to keep her arm down while casting, but
often raise my arm as high as possible: casting over her head (really), gaining
a little effective rod length to clear obstacles, etc. It's one of those things
where you should learn the rules, and then break them as you see fit. Just
don't do it until you're confident in basic casting, and unless there's a very