Casting Tip December / November 2018

by: Bill Armon CCI

Five Essentials (cont.)

FFI Five Essentials / Principles (for casting) discussion continued:

Principal #4 - Casting stroke is increased with the length of the line being cast.

Stoke is defined as:  1 full cast, a back-cast followed by a forward cast – (power applied by the rod to the line in order to form a loop.)

Stroke Length – The distance the hand or the rod tip travels within or during a casting stroke. Therefore, what needs to be realized is, as the length of line being cast is increased, so does the length of the casting stroke need to be increased.

But here is what most casters misunderstand - there is a best stroke length, for each caster, for each distance cast. In other words, there is a best amount of power applied by the rod to the line in order to form a loop.

If the line falls without fully extending there may be too short of a casting stroke. If the line reaches the end of its length and bounces back, there may be too long of a casting stroke. Other factors play into having the correct amount of power but using the correct length of casting stroke is essential to a good cast.

Next Tip will look at principle #5: Power must be applied in the proper amount and in the proper place during the stroke.



Archive of Past Casting Tips


October 2018 Jeff Trigg Presents
September 2018 The Rod Tip
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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