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should the back cast be taught as a release cast?

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Richard
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should the back cast be taught as a release cast?

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Post by Richard » Wed Oct 27, 2021 7:18 am

Hi, there is this cast that I 'discovered' early on, on windy days. It is nothing more *and* nothing less, then releasing the line on the back cast. But especially when the wind is coming towards to me, over the water, I'd like to stand with my back towards the water and 'reverse cast', so releasing on the back cast. Another advantage of this way of casting in my urban area is that my eyes are mainly on the road and less on the water. Finally, practicing the release on the back cast could be an instrument to elimination of tracking.

So my questions are: do you recognise the advantages of releasing on the back cast (for beginning casters) and if so, isn't it something we should be teaching?

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Post by Paul Arden » Thu Oct 28, 2021 5:11 pm

Lightbulb moment. Thank you Richard! Totally agree but you’ve taken me back a few steps. Man that’s excellent and potentially sorts out many tracking and trajectory issues as well. Totally agree that should be in the first lesson, or very early on, after all, it’s bang on the triangle method if you go there. I will definitely incorporate this and see where it goes. For me, the way I teach, I can tell you 100% this needs to be explored. It should be second nature early on and it’s most certainly not!!

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Re: should the back cast be taught as a release cast?

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Post by Graeme H » Wed Dec 01, 2021 6:36 am

Sorry to be late on this one: been busy! :)

Yes, I always teach it as release cast. One, for its usefulness when fishing, but two, it's a fantastic way to improve what would otherwise "just be a back cast" in preparation for the subsequent forward cast. Teaching to aim the back cast and deliver it with purpose works really well as a drill towards better casting in general.

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Post by Paul Arden » Wed Dec 01, 2021 7:52 am

Hi Graeme,

Out of curiosity what do you teach in the first lesson?

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