Carol wrote: ↑
Sat Jul 30, 2022 8:08 pm
Thanks for bringing this up, Graeme. I'm struggling with the underpowered (near vertical) curve cast to the right. The instruction was to use a "J" movement at the stop for the left-hand side, and a backward "J" movement at the stop to the right. I can do the left-side pretty well, but the right?? Hah! I've even tried turning the rod sideways (upward palm) on the delivery cast and then executing the backward "J" to get more of a "U" rather than a "J" at the stop. With either a "J" or a "U", the fly leg tends to crash into the rod. This morning I tried something different. Instead of a straight backcast, I took it off plane, like bad tracking, and coupled that with the backward "J" at the stop. That finally got the results I wanted but I don't know if it's an acceptable technique. Any L-2 examiners have an opinion?
Going to add 2 cents here. Sounds like you already have it worked out but for the benefit of others.
The task specifically says “near vertical”, not perfectly vertical. If you make a perfectly vertical cast with an underslung loop then the line is going to hit the rod. In the underpowered curve the rod needs to be tilted slightly to the side you intend to curve to. When you execute the “J” just before the stop I think of twisting the reel away from the direction of the curve. This opens up the loop to give you a pronounced curve layout.
As a right handed caster my steps to make an underpowered curve to my left are:
1. Cast with my rod slightly leaning left, not vertical.
2. Use less power than for normal casting. The loop should be slightly underslung, horizontal if possible, but definitely not passing above the rod tip.
3. At the stop I twist my wrist clockwise, so that your palm ends up facing to the right (away from me), to force the loop to open up.
4. As mentioned earlier, you can release the line as the rod is unloading to completely kill the cast and make a very large underpowered curve but that would be counted as shooting line so not allowed for the test afaik.
5. Use trajectory to prevent wind from pulling the curve out of your line. Your presentation should be downwards.
6. The fly leg should be horizontal as it lands. Ideally the entire fly leg hits the ground at the same time. If the loop hits first the fly leg can crash or not land straight. If the fly hits first and you have used a tiny bit too much power then the fly leg can still kick over resulting in an overpowered curve rather than underpowered. If I’m fishing I would shoot a bit of line just at the stop to prevent that but that isn’t allowed for the test.