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Old 05-15-2005, 10:11 PM
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In all casting books and video it is possible to find that the line must follow a straigth line in the back cast and forward cast to have a good loop. In practice is not so easy and for me, it depend on the rod hand movement. Comments?
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Old 05-15-2005, 10:42 PM
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The reason you track your hand's path is to help track your rod tip's path. But more importantly, you do these things to track the line's path.

By all means work on your hand's tracking and tip's tracking but in the end use these in conjunction with your eyes to work on the path of the line in motion. I've found the best results in getting my hand to do what the line tells me to do in order to track it straight.

Some hints:

Get the line tight end-to-end before putting it into flight on the backcast. A tight line travels in a striaght line.

When reversing the backcast to the forward cast, use your eyes to watch the front portion of the line (near the rod) to level it out horizontally / parallel to the ground as you come forward before you put any power into it.

Stop the rod tip close to the straight path you made with the front of the line as it's coming forward, the closer you stop the tighter the loop.

Good luck and stick with it.
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Old 05-15-2005, 11:18 PM
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First off, welcome to the Fly Fishing Forum! I look forward to your input here. As for your question, the Cast is something that for me continues to evolve. I would suggest to practice keeping your hand and wrist at a 90 degree angle to the ground and leting the wrist do the work of the cast and the arm give the cast it's power, tip above your head traveling between 10-11 o'clock and 1-2 o'clock. Do this practice with NO line in the rod so you can watch the rod and how it moves. Then return the line and see if it helps.
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Old 05-16-2005, 10:36 PM
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Thanks for the answers, I keep informed of my progress
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