Casting Tip October  2014

by: Bill Armon CCI

Casting Split Shot

Do you hate to cast split shot with one or more heavily weighted flies?  If the answer is yes it is probably because this often leads to tangled, twisted leaders and flies. Why?  A quick change of direction that causes slack with a jerk is the problem. Remember the casters mantra – no slack ; be smooth. This is important in almost all casts but especially true when casting weight and or heavy, large flies. This is another situation where the caster does not want a tight loop. Start with a slower backcast and attempt to throw a wide loop. The idea is to have the fly or flies travel around a corner and therefore not make a sudden change of direction. Constant tension is kept on the leader and flies. A side arm approach to the back cast can help form the rounded curve of the back cast. There is a continuous motion between the back and the forecast.  The forward cast may be started before the backcast has completely unrolled.  This is a slow smooth cast, including the power  stop on the forward cast. Once the forward cast is started a normal casting stoke is used that will form a wider loop that unrolls to the target.  Slowly, smoothly and without any slack must be kept in mind to make a constant tension cast that will not tangle.

Other tips for a weighted multi fly strike indicator set up; no or almost no false casting; use the weight of the split shot and flies to help propel the forward cast; use the water tension to slowly load the rod for a pickup.

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Archive of Past Casting Tips


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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