Casting Tip June 2019

Remember the casters mantra – no slack; be smooth.

This is important in almost all casts but especially true when making a “constant tension” cast. This is another situation where the caster does not want a tight loop. Start with a lower and slower backcast and attempt to throw a wide loop. The idea is to have the fly or flies travel “around a corner” and therefore not make a sudden change of direction. Constant tension is kept on the leader and flies. A side arm approach to the back cast can help form the rounded curve of the back cast. There is a continuous motion between the back and the forecast.

Once the forward cast is started a normal casting stoke is used but the power stop is not as abrupt or it is smoother than in a normal overhand cast. Slowly, smoothly and without any slack must be kept in mind to make a constant tension cast that will not tangle.

This cast is also known as the Belgian cast or Oval cast. This is also an excellent cast for any rig when there is a significant wind coming from behind the caster. Other tips for a multi fly or weighted set up; no or almost no false casting; use the weight of the flies to help propel the forward cast; use the water tension to slowly load the rod.


Archive of Past Casting Tips


April 2019 - 2019 Sowbug Roundup
March 2019 Practice
October 2018 Jeff Trigg Presentation
September 2018 The Rod Tip
August 2018 Clean Lines
July 2018 The Five Essentials
June 2018 Casting Motion
May 2018 The Pile
April 2018 FFI Five Elements
March 2018 Tuck Cast
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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