Casting Tip August 2017

by: Bill Armon CCI

Loops & Loop Control


Loops and loop control: it is my belief that being able to make and control loops is the key to improving casting skills. Therefore, it follows that understanding what a loop is is essential. (thanks President Clinton).

Here are some thoughts on loops from published authors.

1)       Left Kreh – “unrolling the fly line to the target”
2)       Mel Krieger – “A good casting loop is formed by decisively stopping the rod at the end of the casting stroke”
3)      Joan Wulff – “Loop size is relative and is the distance between the upper and lower levels of the unrolling line”
4)      Macauley Lord – “When you watch someone else cast, you’ll see a bend or loop of line fly off the rod tip after each stop of the backcast, forward cast, and roll cast. This loop is the vehicle for the line’s progress. Its unfurling is what straightens the line behind and in front.”
5)      Jason Borger – “The general shape the fly line takes as it unrolls, after a cast has been made.” “What is a good loop? To put it directly, good loops are entirely situation dependent”. 
Loop formation is the key. Knowing what the loop is and understanding how it is formed is the key to fly casting. Once you can form a good loop at 40 feet your casting skills will only be limited by your desires to advance.


Archive of Past Casting Tips


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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