Casting Tip September 2015by: Bill Armon CCI
The Essentials** This month the 5 essentials as “presented” by the International Fly Fishing Federation. The following principles / essentials were originated with Bill and Jay Gammel.
- There is a pause at the end of the stroke, which varies in duration with the amount of line beyond the rod tip.
- Slack line should be kept to a minimum.
- The rod tip must follow a Straight Line Path (SLP).
- The casting stroke is increased with the length of line being cast.
- Power must be applied in the proper amount and in the proper place during the stroke.
- The longer the cast the longer the pause will tend to be, but there MUST be a pause with every stroke.
- When the line is slack the rod tends not have any pressure on it. If the rod is not bent it cannot power a cast.
- SLP is important in both the vertical and horizontal plane. This is the most energy efficient movement of the rod tip. There is a slight variance from SLP at the end of the stroke. (Which we do not like to talk about)
- The longer the cast the greater the stroke length.
- Power is in the stop, not the start, of both the fore and back cast. The acceleration must be smooth. The acceleration and final speed, before the stop, is increased proportionally to the amount of line being cast.
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Archive of Past Casting TipsAugust 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.