#2 ESSENTIAL- ANGLER MAG.
ARE YOU A FLY CASTING SLACKER?
When fly casting we want to be in control of the loop of line that is carring the fly to our target.
Not only do we want to catch fish, we want it to cast well when we are not. Most of us would like to cast beautiful loops and not be a slacker. If you would like to learn the next 'Essential' in our 5 part series of the Essentials of Fly Casting, read on.
You may recal in last months edition of The Angler Magazine's Casting Corner I gave you the first and most important of the 5 essentials of a fly cast. And that was to keep the rod tip on a straight line path. Then I said the other 4 essentials are used to achieve that. So now let's talk about what I consider the 2nd of Bill Gammel's essential's. 'No slack can occure during the casting stroke.'
Here are the tips and ticks to keep you from being a slacker. Don't start the cast until you can make the fly move with the tension of the line. If you pull on the line or move your rod tip and the fly isn't moving, you're a slacker.
If you have your rod tip up in the air before you start the 'lift' or acceleration, you're a slacker. Train yourself to start every cast with the rod tip on the water while removing slack by stripping line in, and then make the lift to get the line off the water before you accelerate. Her is a tip; Try lifting the rod tip up until the colored part of your line is about to come off the water and then do the acceleration only from the time just the line-leader connection is in the water until the fly is off the water.
Now as the line is going behind you on the back cast, keep your hands and equal distance appart. If you let your rod hand go back and your line hand stays in front, you will introduce slack when your rod hand comes forward....and you will be, a slacker.
If you wait too long before coming forward on your back cast, you may be a slacker.
This gets in to 'Timing' which is one of the variables of fly casting, and we will talk about that in the future. The best advise on this is to watch your back cast. If it is falling and loosing tension you have waited too long. The feel of a good back cast starting in to the forward cast is to have tension on the line between your line hand and the first guide on the rod.
If you want to practice on the lawn or on the water make it a point to think about each cast. Lay out the line, remove the slack, lift the line and flow in to the accelertion, then stop the rod. Watch your back cast and at the right time make your rod tip travel on the straight line to your target. Just give it 15 minuites a few times a week and you will get the slack out.
The Casting Corner 9/2012
Rene J. Hesse CCI
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