Casting Tip January 2014

by: Bill Armon CCI

Tailing Loops

The last casting tip promised THE answer on what causes tailing loops.  See the October 2013 newsletter.  The “final” word as told to me, direct from the mouth of one of the FFFs best casting instructors.

97% of tailing loops are caused by the inappropriate application of power.

However to pin things down more precisely is nearly impossible. The most common errors in the application of power is starting the change of direction too quickly and/or too powerfully. Any motion that causes the rod tip to not be smooth may end up causing a tailing loop. . A sudden, powerful move to change direction will cause a tailing loop or will result in a poor cast if measures are not taken to prevent a tailing loop.

Therefore the resolution for all caster for the New Year: May we have slow accelerations to a hard stop of the casting hand, and a smooth change of direction, all the while maintaining a straight line path of the rod tip.

May the New Year find you casting 90 feet with your new bamboo rod.

If anyone has a topic they would like to see discussed send them to and they will appear in a future newsletter.

Archive of Past Casting Tips

October 2013, Tailing Loops
September 2013, Forming Controlled Loops
August 2013, Identify Your Bottleneck (part 2)
July 2013, Identify Your Bottleneck - Correct Power Application
May 2013, What is Smooth
April 2013, Application of Power
March 2013, The reach and aerial mend casts.
February 2013, Mending
November 2012, Timing, Grip, and Hand/Rod Stop Position
October 2012, 5 things that will improve your casting

Return whence you came.