April 15th, 2002

One of the 372 Most Common Casting Faults
By James Castwell

If there were three-hundred and seventy-three new guys casting there would be three-hundred and seventy-three most common casting faults, we are inventive. We are not satisfied with everyone else's casting problems, we want our own, so we make them up. For you guys new to casting (spring is coming, you better get out and practice casting) here is a way to perhaps get on the fast-track.

Have you had this happen to you yet when you are out casting? You make a few casts and then something happens . . . the cast goes real good. You wonder what the heck you did that caused it? If not, wait, it will happen if you are even nearly human. All at once, a few of the right things happen together and the line shoots out like you were a pro. When it does, try to figure out what it was you did and repeat it if possible. Here is one thing that may he helpful.

Often when bringing the rod back from the forward cast a guy will twist the reel out to the right side instead of having it be on top of the reel-seat where it should be. This twisting is usually caused by watching the line and rod as they go back into the back-cast. It causes the line to take a wider course going back, often a wobbly loop off to the side which slows down the line and robs the cast of power.

To get, and maintain, your line speed, on a few casts, watch your reel to make sure it goes from being under the rod on the start of the back-cast, to on top of the rod when you stop at the end of the back-cast. This will give you the shortest distance for the line to travel and will therefore be the most efficient form. Your line will probably go over the top of the rod too. If you are swinging your reel out try this. Bring the rod back straight toward your nose. This will keep you from swinging it out, and also shorten your stroke which probably will be a good thing at this point as well. Make a few casts this way, then move your arm out to the right and keep casting using the same exact stroke.

You can also bring the rod to the left side of your face or left ear. This is not a bad cast to practice and will help in correcting the reel twisting problem. Sometimes a caster will be just fine at twenty feet or so, but when trying for longer casts will open up and swing the reel out. If you have to, try actually twisting your right hand a bit toward you when coming back with the rod from in front of you. This will twist it some and help keep the reel in the right plane. You should always try to keep the reel on top of the rod when you make the stop on the back-cast. It is not always an easy thing to do, especially when going for very long distances, but with practice you will get better at it if you try, and now you know at least one right thing to try. If your back-cast looks like this, it can be better.

Have fun. ~ James Castwell

Till next week, remember . . .

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