PLEASE NOTE: In order to post on the Board you need to have registered. To register please email paul@sexyloops.com including your real name and username. Registration takes less than 24hrs, unless Paul is fishing deep in the jungle!

Casting direction

John Waters
Posts: 994
Joined: Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:16 pm

Casting direction

#1

Post by John Waters » Sun Aug 09, 2020 10:18 am

Hi All,

Putting some thoughts on paper and am interested in your responses to a quick straw poll about your natural release direction and would be very appreciative of any responses casters may wish to offer. By "natural release", I mean your release direction without any intentional body movement, or rod movement, which would impact that natural loop direction.

Consider the courts used in fly distance casting, namely the "V" court used in ICSF events and the "train track" court used in Fly Casting events. Assume there is no wind at all or you are casting indoors with no moving air whatsoever.

If you stand in the centre of the court and place your feet in your standard position for the delivery. At your line release point

- does your loop extend down the centre line,

- or, does your loop extend to the right of the centre line,

- or, does your loop extend to the left of the centre line?

Happy to receive a pm if that is suitable.

Thanks in advance,

John

User avatar
James9118
Posts: 1277
Joined: Thu Jan 10, 2013 6:59 pm
Location: N.Wales

Re: Casting direction

#2

Post by James9118 » Sun Aug 09, 2020 11:46 am

Hi John,

If I'm casting well and relaxed I tend to go pretty much straight down the middle. If I'm not casting well, maybe a bit tense and perhaps hitting it a bit early, then the front half of my line will veer off to the left. I never go right unless the wind takes it that way.

James

User avatar
Lasse Karlsson
Posts: 4302
Joined: Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:40 pm
Location: There, and back again
Contact:

Re: Casting direction

#3

Post by Lasse Karlsson » Sun Aug 09, 2020 2:04 pm

If all goes to plan, straight down, if not, both left and right are quite possible outcomes 😊

Cheers
Lasse
Your friendly neighbourhood flyslinger

http://www.karlssonflyfishing.com

***Bring Mark back!!!!!! ***

John Waters
Posts: 994
Joined: Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:16 pm

Re: Casting direction

#4

Post by John Waters » Mon Aug 10, 2020 12:18 am

Thanks James and Lasse, appreciate you taking the time to respond.

John

User avatar
Paul Arden
Site Admin
Posts: 14417
Joined: Thu Jan 03, 2013 11:20 am
Answers: 1
Location: Belum Rainforest
Contact:

Re: Casting direction

#5

Post by Paul Arden » Mon Aug 10, 2020 1:32 am

Pretty much the same as Lasse. There often is a wind of course and if there are two lanes touching this can affect how much you can move. There are also times when I think it’s best to put the fluff near the measuring line. I’m happy to put shots down left and right.

Cheers, Paul
It's an exploration; bring a flyrod.

Flycasting Definitions

John Waters
Posts: 994
Joined: Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:16 pm

Re: Casting direction

#6

Post by John Waters » Mon Aug 10, 2020 3:01 am

Thanks Paul, much appreciated.

John

User avatar
Lasse Karlsson
Posts: 4302
Joined: Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:40 pm
Location: There, and back again
Contact:

Re: Casting direction

#7

Post by Lasse Karlsson » Mon Aug 10, 2020 9:58 am

Paul Arden wrote:
Mon Aug 10, 2020 1:32 am
Pretty much the same as Lasse. There often is a wind of course and if there are two lanes touching this can affect how much you can move. There are also times when I think it’s best to put the fluff near the measuring line. I’m happy to put shots down left and right.

Cheers, Paul
In the swedish comps, we use a tape going straight down from the zero line, so no use to lay it close to the measuring tape, it comes in later 😉 when om water with crappy accuracy in reading the distance, absolutly close to the tape if possible.

Cheers
Lasse
Your friendly neighbourhood flyslinger

http://www.karlssonflyfishing.com

***Bring Mark back!!!!!! ***

User avatar
Paul Arden
Site Admin
Posts: 14417
Joined: Thu Jan 03, 2013 11:20 am
Answers: 1
Location: Belum Rainforest
Contact:

Re: Casting direction

#8

Post by Paul Arden » Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:51 am

Yep for me it might be a throw back from casting down a tape and not down a lane. The tape helps tracking. Of course there is the risk of being blown out. Anyway I’d rather get it in. get it measured and get it back out again - and that’s all much quicker if it lands close to the judges‘ side. There is no ambiguity when it’s there for all to see.

So if I have a plan at all, it’s to put it down the middle to see what the elements are doing, and then put it inside of one of the lines, preferably the one closest to the judges. If there is a cross-wind I have to move of course.

We probably need drones or overhead cameras. Action replays. Pompom girls. Free beer. Huge financial rewards just for turning up.

The judges could be sitting in air conditioned rooms, measuring through video replay, while sipping chilled Merlot. All highly sophisticated.

Cheers, Paul
It's an exploration; bring a flyrod.

Flycasting Definitions

Dung Fly
Posts: 121
Joined: Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:58 pm

Re: Casting direction

#9

Post by Dung Fly » Mon Aug 10, 2020 9:12 pm

When I'm not trying, my casts will go exactly where I want them - straight down the middle. When the pressure is on and my traking goes circular the line will tend to land to the right ny 2-3m, after spotting this and relaxing, going through a breathing cycle to regain composure the cast will go back to being straight or 1m to the left. I did find that when using an extended style it can be more exagerated.

I do cast right handed.

John Waters
Posts: 994
Joined: Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:16 pm

Re: Casting direction

#10

Post by John Waters » Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:36 pm

Thanks Andy, much appreciated. Stay well.

John

Post Reply

Return to “Casting Sport”