Casting Tip June 2016

by: Bill Armon CCI

Forming a Loop

The most basic concept of fly casting is forming a loop!

Loop formation should be the primary goal of all beginning casters.

A good loop looks like a “U” turned on its side. It should be as aerodynamic as the wing of an airplane. When a loop is about to finish unrolling it looks like a candy cane.  The smaller the distance between the top arm and the bottom arm of the loop the tighter we say the loop is. When PRACTICING we try to get loops as tight as possible.

The rod tip should travel in a straight line.

The stop is one of the main components of loop formation.

The stop comes after a smooth acceleration. Do not shock the rod tip when you change directions going from the backcast to the forecast. How much acceleration is needed depends on how much power is needed to make the cast. The stop regardless of the amount of acceleration needs to be sudden and powerful. This should be done with a firm wrist to help prevent opening the loop.

Any questions please bring them to the casting meeting June 23rd, and the instructors present will help.

Forming a good loop is the foundation


Archive of Past Casting Tips

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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