Casting Tip August 2016

by: Bill Armon CCI

Double Haul

Double Haul – What does it do?  Does it just increase the line speed? What does increasing the line speed do?

The haul does speed up the line. It also increase the bend in the rod and reduces, that every present enemy of casters, – slack.

Faster line speeds conserve energy throughout the fly cast. ( This is why double hauling short cast is beneficial.) Double hauling leads to tighter loops, easier casting into a wind, and longer casts. It can also lead to more casting faults (especially tailing loops) if done incorrectly.

It is my opinion that before a caster should attempt to double haul they should be able to cast at least 40 feet of line with a tight loop. If you cannot cast 40 feet, with a tight loop, practice this first and your double haul will be much easier to learn.

When to haul? After you start to accelerate the rod and while the rod is still loaded. Do not forget to give line back to the cast or you cannot double haul. (Mel Kreiger’s “down / up”)

If you would like to learn more about double hauling come to the club’s practice sessions before our monthly meetings.
A second tip this month – website. I found this site from a discussion thread of bamboo rod makers. Check it out, seems to have a lot of good thoughts on fly casting, fly tying, and fly fishing in General.


Archive of Past Casting Tips

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

Return whence you came.