02-17-2014, 04:41 PM
Re: Underhand cast and Traditional cast
For me, the reason I apply most of my power with the bottom hand (when executing a underhand cast) is to use my top hand as a brake.
Other than that, I don't see why more power should be applied with the bottom hand, though many will argue otherwise. I've read many of those arguments and they still don't make sense to me.
If I want to lengthen the length of my forward casting stroke, I increase my hip rotation and therefore increase the length of my loading move.
I struggled for a long time with underhand casting because, being a traditional fly caster who devoted so much time to trying to cast longer and longer distances, I kept moving my top arm way too far away from my body during the forward cast.
Also, underhand casting is touch-and-go casting. I try to begin my forward cast loading move just before my anchor touches down. If the anchor gets stuck on the water it will take too much power to lift it off, and it will then be impossible to make a long cast.
In terms of the angle of the spey rod at the end of the back swing: FOR ME that depends on how high I execute my lift. If I'm standing in waist-deep water I'm going to make a higher lift than if I'm standing in ankle-deep water.
Also, also, because a longer rod lifts more line off the water, the longer the spey rod - assuming I'm using the same short-head line - the lower I execute my lift, and therefore the lower the angle of the spey rod at the end of the back swing. (I try to keep the rod at the same angle to the water during the swing.)
Finally, to add some energy to my D-loop I execute my back swing a little faster. To do this without blowing my anchor, I again execute a lower lift.
My two cents, only.
Take what you like and leave the rest,
Last edited by randyflycaster; 02-17-2014 at 04:50 PM.
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