Casting Tip March 2018

by: Bill Armon CCI

Tuck Cast

The back cast is a constant tension or Belgium style backcast when the caster moves their arm from a sidearm position to nearly upright in an oval fashion. Don’t rush through the oval transition, especially when making a long cast with lots of line or leader involved. The constant tension, oval transition avoids the ‘bounce back’ when casting weight with the typical firm stop in the standard backcast when the weighted flies reach the limit of the line and leader.  The forecast begins smoothly without pause directing a normal loop (not too small but not an open loop) at an upward angle.  Next the caster must do several things to make the cast “tuck” into the water.  Stop high on the forward cast (and do not follow through too quickly) and over power the foreword cast using a directly overhand stroke.  These moves will cause the weighted fly (or split shot) to jump downwards at the end of the cast and tuck into the water. The fly will hit the water first and with enough force to immediately break the surface tension and sink to the “bottom” of the river well before the line and leader land. Although not a delicate presentation, this cast gets your flies to the bottom quickly, especially in fast current.

Next casting tip will return to question of which of the 5 essential principles of casting is most important.

Archive of Past Casting Tips

February 2018 Five Essentials
Nov/Dec 2017,Tenkara Cast
August 2017, Loop & Loop Control
July 2017, A Few Random Points
June 2017, Your Cast Does Not Start Until Your Fly Moves
September 2016, Keeping Fly Line Clean
August 2016, Double Haul
June 2016, Forming a Loop
May 2016, Back to Basics
November/December 2015, From Mel Krieger and Lefty Kreh
October 2015, The Fundamentals
September 2015, The Essentials
August 2015, The Guru’s Basic Casting Principles and / or Essentials
February 2015, The Most Important Concepts
January 2015, Back to Basics
November/December 2014, Winter Practice
October 2014, Casting Split Shot
August 2014, Aerial Mends Continued
July 2014, The Curve Cast
June 2014, The Reach Cast
May 2014, The Pile Cast
April 2014, The Tuck Cast
March 2014, More Casting Terminology
February 2014, Casting Terminology
January 2014, Tailing Loops (pt.2)
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


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