Casting Tip July 2014

by: Bill Armon CCI

The Curve Cast

The “Curve Cast” is used to avoid an obstacle, or to get the fly well ahead of the line, or to allow a retrieve sideways to the caster rather than directly back to the caster.  The curve cast can be made using the same technique as learned in the tuck cast only on a horizontal plane.  The easiest curve cast is the one that curves across the body of the caster. The cast is made on the horizontal plane, parallel to the water. The curve is produced by making a very hard stop that overpowers the cast. This will cause the end of the line to “jump” forward forming the curve.  A haul to increase line speed or a well timed pull back on the rod tip will exaggerate the results.
A curve cast the curves away from the caster is a more difficult cast to perform with accuracy. One way to make this curve is to simply under power the cast. The fly is then allowed to settle on the water before the loop unrolls completely. The result is a curve in the end of the line. Another way to make this cast is to perform a back hand cast. In this case the technique is to overpower the cast using a horizontal plane on the other side of the caster’s body.
There is a way to make a curve cast in the vertical plane. This involves overpowering the cast and adding a wrist and/or arm twist just as the speed up and stop is made. Lefty Kreh’s rule # 3 applies here.  “The line will go in the direction that the rod tip speeds up and stops during the final moments of the cast”. A turn of the wrist or arm at just the right moment of the speed up and stop will cause a curve in the line that will travel to the end of the line resulting in a curve cast. However, turn the wrist too soon and the cast will fall apart. Turn the wrist too late and an arial mend is made. More on arial mends in the next casting tip.

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Archive of Past Casting Tips

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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