Casting Tip June 2017

by: Bill Armon CCI

Your Cast Does Not Start Until Your Flie Moves

The end of the fly line must move or you cannot make a backcast or a forward cast.
This is one of Lefty Kreh’s five principles of casting.  To make a cast the rod needs to bend. In order for the rod to bend it must pull against the weight of the fly line. Therefore, the end of the fly line needs to move as early as possible in the casting stroke.
The rod must accelerate throughout the entire casting stroke on both the forward cast and the backcast. This tip is from Tim Rajeff’s 6 basic rules of casting. Another way to say this is “save the power for the end of the cast”.  (As an aside note, if you ever get a chance to see Tim Rajeff cast be sure and do so. The speed he accelerates to before his stop is amazing.)
 How can one increase their casting strength? One idea from Jason Borger’s book to build better casting strength.  Practice with a 10 wt.
 Fly lines for practice -  mark your practice fly line so that you know how many feet of line you are casting.  Make 1-inch marks for 10 feet and ½-inch marks for 5 feet. Label your line (every 5 feet) from 20 feet to 70 feet (or 20 feet past as far you can cast). Use a permanent ink marker and you can fish without the marks coming off. Also, your practice line should be a bright (fluorescent) color.
15 minutes of practice daily is much better than 2 hours once a week. Concentrate on loop formation if you are a new caster.


Archive of Past Casting Tips

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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