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    Default Tail looping

    I see this term used often. What does it mean? Is there a diagram showing this?

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    Default Re: Tail looping

    Its known as a tailing loop, search using that.

    I very recently posted some diagrams.
    http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._1276302_n.jpg

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    Default Re: Tail looping

    Hi Seajay,

    Here is a link to the drawing that Cliff is referring to. Scan down the page and you will see just how it happens.

    Frank

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    Default Re: Tail looping

    Many thanks to both of you guys. I guess I am doing well as I have not seen this issue yet. Still looking for the fish in my back yard.

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    Default Re: Tail looping

    Just as long as you're not looking for fish on your backcast

    Kelly.
    I fish, therefore I am - but I gotta go to work first..."piscari ergo sum"

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    Default Re: Tail looping

    Kelly, I did that one time at Pyramid Lake. It's the only time I ever dropped my back cast. Honest.
    DUMB fish on!

    Jim
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    Generally a tailing loop is caused by putting too much power too early in the cast. (Sometimes this "extra" power is a result of hauling too early.)

    Tailing loops are more prone to slower rods.

    Randy

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    Default Re: Tail looping

    Here is a video of a taling loop in slow motion. This one is caused by too soon an application of power, as Randy was talking about. You can see the rod tip spring up at the end of the forward cast.

    The cast should consist of continuous acceleration to the stop, with a wide enough casting arc so that the rod cannot pop up at the end of the cast, causing a concave tip path.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58DHNw5teeI]YouTube - Tailing Loop[/ame]


    Cheers,
    Jim
    Last edited by wjc; 06-19-2010 at 07:56 AM.

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    Default Re: Tail looping

    After seeing that video, one could ascertain, and be somewhat correct that one fix to fixing a tailing loop is to stop the forward stroke in a lower position. This does decrease the likelihood of getting a tailing loop, but really only works on shorter casts where a lower amount of power has been used.

    Gradual and constant acceleration through the casting stroke is the surest way to eliminate tailing loops on both long casts, and short casts where you need the forward cast to straighten fully above the water. (reach casts, tuck casts, etc)
    http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._1276302_n.jpg

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    What are you doing looking behind you anyway? Seriously though, I've noticed that when I watch my loops I miss the sweet spot. Look at your target, you can feel it when its time to come forward with the rod.
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