October 16th, 2006

Keepeth Thyne Reel Uppeth, Too
By James Castwell

I am going to try this without pictures to protect the innocent and the guilty. And in this there are no innocent. We are all guilty because it is so darn easy and natural to make this mistake. I think it is a bit like throwing a baseball. A lot of guys cast a fly rod like that. Think of it. The same motion you use going back with your rod is the same one as you use when you grip and rear back to pitch a 'high hard one'. We naturally seem to twist the wrist a bit on the way back and then come over the top with the forward motion.

This is not the best way. Now before you inform me of the cast which is started side-arm and brought forward overhead, let me say, yes I know of it and of a few of it's names. That is not what I am talking about here. This is when you want to make a more efficient cast. In other words, the same distance with less effort, or more distance with the same effort.

When you first pull on the rod to start back the rod bends down. Your reel is hanging down, the guides are on the bottom of the rod. As you get about to your shoulder you start to 'swing your reel out' on the way back. What does this do? Well, I showed a group at the latest 'Fish-In's' what it does. Standing in front and casting straight at them, when I twisted the reel out on the back-cast they could see the line form a twisted loop off to the side. When I did not twist it out, the line formed a tight wedge going back.

Here is what is going on. Don't blame me, it's just physics. The rod is bent down, you come back and now the rod is twisted and the guides are not down anymore, they are ninety degrees off to the side putting torque on the rod on every cast and just before you stop, it tries to unload sideways.

I know this is a little thing, but these are the parts of casting that can be important to you. It is a hard habit to break. I know several who just can not seem to remember to try to keep the reel on the same plane. That is, when going into the back-cast, the reel should go up on top and the rod comes by your shoulder. One way to try to correct this is to grip and twist and the cork toward you as you start back. This can help the rod to turn a bit to the left and keep you from swinging your reel out.

I know most of you only cast short distances and might think this is just for those who want to cast the whole line. It is not. It is for anyone who wants to be a more efficient caster.

And, oh well, here's just one picture.

Reel Up

~ JC

Till next week, remember . . .

Keepest Thynne Baakast Upeth

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