Casting Tip September 2018

by: Bill Armon CCI

The Rod Tip

The rod tip must follow a straight-line path. Another of the essential casting principals.

What does a straight-line path mean, what does it look like, and why is it important?

A straight line is a straight line. The rod tip is the rod tip. Wait – the rod bends so how can the tip stay in a straight-line path? It does if your casting arc and stroke are correct.
The “opposite” of a straight-line path of the rod tip is the cast that does not bend the rod but instead forms an arch like path of the rod tip. (The windshield washer cast.)

The importance of a straight-line path is that it results in a tighter loop being formed.
It is difficult to fully explain this concept without photos so if you want to see more about this check out these videos.  How to Fly Cast - Straight Line Path for Tighter Loops  Fly Casting Essentials, Essential 5, Straight Line Path of the Rod Tip

Archive of Past Casting Tips


August 2018 Clean Lines
July 2018 The Five Essentials
June 2018 Casting Motion
May 2018 The Pile
April 2018 FFI Five Elements
March 2018 Tuck Cast
February 2018 Five Essentials
Nov/Dec 2017,Tenkara Cast
August 2017, Loop & Loop Control
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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