Casting Tip October 2015by: Bill Armon CCI
- Begin with the rod tip low and line fully extended. (minimal slack).
- Raise the rod slowly so that the line slides smoothly.
- As the rod approaches the vertical accelerate to an abrupt stop.
- Pause to let the line extend behind.
- As the line nears full extension begin to pull the line back with the rod tip.
- As the rod approaches vertical accelerate to an abrupt stop.
- Pause while the line unrolls.
- At the end of the cast, follow the line with the rod tip as it drops.
The fundamentals from “The Orvis Fly-Casting Guide” by Tom Deck go along these lines.
What I find interesting is while Mr. Deck believes in SLP (straight line path of the rod tip) he does not include it in the fundamentals. While SLP can be difficult to explain, and therefore to understand, it is an extremely important concept of efficient fly casting.
Also keep in mind that the “power” is in the stop. That is why starting slowly and smoothly is so important.
Lastly remember the casting arc is proportional to the length of line being cast. Mr Deck chose not to include this in his fundamentals of the basic cast but it is an essential part of fly casting.
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Archive of Past Casting TipsSeptember 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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