Saturday, May 3, 2014
TICKING PROBLEMS IN CASTING
By John MacDiarmid, IFFF Certified Casting Instructor
You are on the Holy Water reaching out to trout with a long cast and your fly is ticking or hitting the water on the back cast. Worse yet, sometimes the fly ticks the water besides you as it goes by. The obvious solution is to add more line speed so the line will be aerialized but not so obvious is how to correctly add line speed. The intuitive response will be to move the hand faster -- speed up the stroke -- this will speed up the line some but the improvement in relation to the energy input is small and you are not using the full value of that expensive rod you bought to make yourself a better caster. The correct solution is to increase the rotation portion of the stroke. What is rotation?
There are two basic parts of the cast: translation and rotation. Translation is the movement of the casting hand back to forward on the forward casting stroke, generally, the horizontal movement without changing the angle of the rod butt. Rotation is changing the angle of the rod butt with the bend of the wrist and elbow at the end of the translation. The rod is a lever and the full benefit of a lever is achieved with a SMOOTH, constant acceleration of both translation and rotation right at the end, followed immediately with a quick stop. Of the two, rotation is way more important than translation. We could go on about the important parts of the rotation but that is enough for one lesson.
At our weekly Wednesday casting celebrations I stress this proper stroke with beginners and more experienced casters alike. Once you are able to load the rod properly, then you can add that elusive double haul for some real line speed.