Casting Tip November/December 2017by: Bill Armon CCI
Most of this information is from the book “Tenkara”.
The grip: Usually finger on top of rod so as to improve accuracy. Because power is not usually required for Tenkara the v grip or thumb on top is typically not needed but may be used.
The stance: Any balance stance.
The stroke: First of all remember our definition - Casting Stroke – 1 full cast, a backcast followed by a forward cast – power applied by the rod to the line in order to form a loop. In Tenkara casting, forming a loop is still important. Casting Arc - Change of the angle of the rod (most appreciated at the butt) between a back cast and a forward cast or any casting stroke. This definition does not change. The back cast is typically aimed higher and the fore cast is stopped sooner. Stroke Length – The distance the hand or the rod tip travels within or during a casting stroke. With Tenkara this is usually a shorter distance.
Loop Formation – still a primary goal and all the methods for forming a desired loop still apply. The usual overhead casts will be most used, but the roll cast, bow and arrow cast, and underhand cast are also available to the Tenkara practitioner.
Lastly, do not overpower your casts and remember accuracy is essential to tenkara most effectively.
Archive of Past Casting Tips
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
Return whence you came.