Casting Tip August 2015by: Bill Armon CCI
The Guru’s Basic Casting Principles and / or Essentials
I thought it would be both fun and informative to examine different guru’s basic casting principles and / or essentials. There are quite a few gurus out there so this may take a while but after we have a few it should be fun to compare and contrast. Since these are opinions, and everyone knows what they say about opinions, I will in no way attempt to critique one over another. All of these ideas have been generated by great casting instructors. I will start with a handout Lefty Kreh used at an event in the 1990’s. Since his ideas have evolved over time his newer thoughts will show up later.
- The fly rod is a flexible lever, and the longer you move the rod through the air, the more the rod helps you make the cast.
- You cannot make a backcast or a forward cast, until you get the end of the line moving.
- The line and the fly will go in the direction that you speed-up-and-stop, or accelerate the rod tip at the end of the cast.
- The size of the loop is determined by the distance you accelerate the rod tip at the end of the cast. The faster you move the rod tip through that distance, and the quicker you can stop the rod tip, the faster the line will travel and the longer the cast will be.
- You should move the rod hand in a straight line directly away from the target. It is important on the speed up and stop, at the end of the cast, that the hand travel exactly away from the target. (This point is condensed from the original).
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Archive of Past Casting TipsFebruary 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
Return whence you came.