July 28th, 2003

Better Double-Hauls
By James Castwell


One of the most common sights I see while watching folks practice, and sometimes in actual use of the double-haul, is the difference between the pull used going into the back cast and the pull used to load the forward cast. Often the pull loading the front cast is much, much longer and spread over a wider time period than the one for the back cast.

For some reason it seems easier and more natural to give a big long pull on the front cast, maybe it is all part of the big forward delivery we are trying to make. The back cast often gets a little short, sharp jerk, not really a pull at all. This of course will give differing results to your casting. If it is important to you to have loop control in both directions and an equal amount of line in the air, why do we try to do it using differing casting strokes? The forward and back cast should be identical. We all are used to throwing something forward but not backward, the casting arm needs to be re-trained for good double-haul strokes.

Again, to get control of your casting strokes, turn your head and watch your back cast. As controlled loops become a natural part of your cast, watching them will not often be necessary, but could help at first. Be careful when watching the back cast that you do not drop your right shoulder and cause the reel to swing out of the casting plane though. Leaning a bit back and tilting your head should be all that is necessary to watch your line.

A short sharp jerk will produce a fast flex of the tip and may not produce the loop shape you want or need in your back cast. A longer pull over a greater time period will tend to load the rod deeper into the butt section. The combination of loading the rod and increased line speed are what we are after here. If you are not having the results with the size and shape of either of your casting loops, try making the pulls longer, shorter, harder or smoother. Experiment to see which gives you the best result.

Remember too, that if you wait until your rod is at vertical when making your forward cast and then give a good hard shot with a double-haul you can almost always break your rod. This a case of when 'better late than never' is not a good idea.

Remember, if something is not working, do not try harder; cast smarter. Change something. ~ James Castwell


Till next week, remember . . .

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