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: A Little Tendinitus In The Elbow?

12-03-2001, 11:33 AM
Here's a link I found on another site (care of Pete Sorenson). Timely for me. Article HERE (http://www.nismat.org/ptcor/tennis_elbow/)

12-04-2001, 09:28 AM
Fred, good subject... two summers ago I had it bad.. it started around the middle of August and stayed with me to the end of the season.. I has to stop using my 10 wts. and even my heavy 9's.. I fished mostly with my 8 wts and the 9 wt Winston BL-5 which was very comfortable in that situation. It used to get somewhat better as I fished ,but after ,it was bad. Rest was my only cure... i.e. the end of the season.

12-04-2001, 09:49 AM
The wrench exericse looks good but keep your thumb up ;)

If your elbow gets really bad, you might try out a two-hander and see how that relieves the elbow while it recouperates. Let me know, I'd be happy to lend you one to see if it's the ticket.

Or else it might be a good time to try to learn to cast with the othe arm. I've always wanted to be proficient in fly casting from the weak side.

12-04-2001, 11:13 AM
My problem started a while after I started using the ten wgt. Also, I was throwing the QD line a lot. I suspect I was trying to overdo it with the new rod plus that day out on Monomoy backcasting into the 25 mph wind may have actually started the problem. It's never been so bad that it would keep me from fishing, but I'm concerned about having a chronic problem.

I'm going to rest it awhile then start with the stretch and excercise routines. I have been throwing the six wgt out in the backyard, gently, and also spent some time working with the left hand. I am somwhat ambidextrous (sp?) so lefty should be doable eventually. I've also ordered the Roberts tape and signed up for a casting clinic in the spring. My casting mechanics, especially on the backcast, regressed as the season progressed.
Need to get straightened out.

12-08-2001, 08:03 PM
I had the same problem when I first went to a 10wt. I found most of my problem was I was just working too hard. Trying to lift too much line off the water and fighting to keep it in the air.
My solution after healing in the off season was to go to a faster rod and get better at timing my double haul and shooting line.

After much time on the learning curve I un-taught myself the bad habits and learned it was a whole lot easier on the elbow to shoot the line rather than try to keep so much in the air.

Best of luck,

12-09-2001, 08:08 AM
That's some great information.

Having a shoulder that's full of gravel I've had to deal with a similar issue. Things that have helped.

1. Changing my casting mechanics. I try (TRY) to use more of a trout style cast and let the rod do the work than heaving and hauling with my whole arm.
2. Body mechanics in every day life. Pay attention to your the ergonomics at your work place. Whether you're at a desk, a lathe or working in the field, are you in a position that stresses your elbow, wrist or shoulder?
3. Equipment. Do you use a fast action rod? Is it really necessary? I think focusing on your timing with a moderate action rod will give you the same casting results as a fast action rod that you may be muscling.

MARVIN - any links you could suggest?

Good luck,


12-10-2001, 11:30 AM
Here are a couple of links that may be of help to those who suffer elsbow or shoulder woes:

Using a fast rod and casting with your thumb on top of the rod send you on the fast track to 'tennis elbow'.