Casting Tip July 2018

by: Bill Armon CCI

The Five Essentials

Slack line should be kept to a minimum. Is this the most important of the five casting essentials?

Whether or not this is the most important of the 5 casting essentials is certainly debatable, but it is one of the most common errors beginning casters make. When there is slack in the line the rod is not being bent by the weight of the line. If the rod is not under pressure from the line the rod is not working for you. It is what caster’s call “unloaded”. Any movement you cause the rod to have while it is unloaded has no effect on the line. When the rod does come into contact (loaded) with the weight of the line again the result is usually a sudden jerk on the line. This sudden movement causes many casting problems.

Keeping Slack to a minimum is an essential part of the cast!

FFI Five Essentials / Principles (for casting)
1) There is a pause at the end of each stroke, which varies in duration with the amount of line beyond the rod tip.
2)  Slack line should be kept to a minimum.
3)  The rod tip must follow a straight-line path.
4)  Casting stroke is increased with the length of the line being cast.
5)  Power must be applied in the proper amount and in the proper place during the stroke.
This cast does take some practice, but it is very effective. Stop by the casting area before the meeting for practice time. Casting instructors will be there to help with any questions.




Archive of Past Casting Tips

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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