Casting Tip August 2013

by: Bill Armon CCI

Identify Your Bottleneck (part 2)

Continuing on from last month’s tip – the correct power application is possibly the most common bottleneck instructors see in people learning to cast a fly. Smooth acceleration to a hard stop. Like a hammer hitting a wall. Like flicking water off a paint brush. Like throwing a potato or an apple off the end of a stick. These are all classic descriptions of ways to obtain good application of power.

The rod must be bent by pulling against the weight of the fly line, the rod tip must then move at the correct speed, in a correct arc, accelerating smoothly and then your hand must stop at the correct place in the stroke. If all this comes together the rod will unload throwing the line over the tip of the rod forming a loop that will unroll to your target. All parts of the cast are intertwined but there is often the one part that is the most significant in preventing a huge improvement. Casting is not a simple task but with practice it becomes as easy as riding a bike.

So, get together with one of the club’s casting instructors and ask – “what one thing can I change that will most improve my casting. Then when you practice concentrate on just that one part of the cast, this is practicing with a purpose.

Please come to our club casting practice sessions beginning about 1 ½ hours before the meeting. Bring your rod and line and we can work on any problem you are having, or we can work on a new skill. If you have never cast before we love to teach people without bad habits. We will stop early enough that everyone can get to the meeting in time to get raffle tickets and a good seat.

If anyone has a topic they would like to see discussed send them to goodloops@wildblue.net and they will appear in a future newsletter.

Archive of Past Casting Tips

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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