Casting Tip October 2013

by: Bill Armon CCI

Tailing Loops

Tailing loops often become a problem/bottleneck for casters.  Even the experts disagree on the exact cause.

A tailing loop is when the upper leg of the loop falls lower than the bottom leg. The line may crash into itself and cause a casting knot, often referred to as a wind knot.  The experts seem to agree that the rod tip moving in a concave path or arc is the main culprit but the reasons they believe this happens are many.

Some of the descriptions in the literature are:  pushing the hand straight ahead at the end of the casting stroke; the pop is made in the beginning or middle instead of immediately before the stop; lack of a loading move; unloading the rod prematurely during the casting stroke; applying power to the casting motion incorrectly; stopping the rod too high; the snap is made first instead of last.  All of these statements have been expressed by an expert.

Hopefully, in the next tip we will have the definitive answer as to what causes a tailing loop.

The tip for this month is : 1) always maintain a straight path of the rod tip between the front and rear stop, and , 2) If you have a tendency to throw tailing loops do NOT solve the problem by dropping the rod tip at the end of the stroke.

Dropping the rod tip is probably the number one way casters try to prevent tailing loops. However by doing this the caster opens the loop so that while no tailing loop is formed neither is a good loop.  The correct solution is to keep the tip of the rod in a straight line path (SLP) until the end of each stroke.  This will not prevent all tailing loops but it will prevent the most common causes.  More will be mentioned on tailing loops in the next tip.

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Archive of Past Casting Tips


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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