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Old 01-21-2005, 12:46 PM
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Default Re: Tailing Loops

Originally Posted by Bahama Momma

I've been having trouble with tailing loops. I can't seem to get rid of them. I've read some casting books but still have trouble. Any advice?
The nightmare of every fly fisher ... and a great way to tie ittsy-bitsy knots in the tippet. Over the years I've heard all sorts of reasons for the tailing loop; most are wrong ... at least nine times out of ten. Typically, the problem stems to the transition from the backcast into the forward cast. You must be very careful not to accelerate too quickly into the forward cast. If you do, the sudden sudden surge of power will travel down the line to the tippet and "jerk" the fly. Try watching your line in the backcast and at the end allow your line to straighten. Think smoooooth as you move into the forward cast.

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