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Re: basic question regarding tracking

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Post by Paul Arden » Tue Dec 17, 2019 9:03 pm

Let us know how you get on Limpe! I really can’t remember what I talked about in the Accuracy video but I’m sure it’s all in there :)

https://www.sexyloops.com/flycast/accuracy/

I reckon target accuracy is the best practise for tracking and it’s pretty fun too. I’ve got some accuracy targets and next month when I have my battleship boat afloat I’ll fix some floodlights and throw at targets every evening. It will be interesting to see how long it takes me to learn to go around clean. Currently I throw around 40-50. Best I think was 62. So I have a lot of improvement to do! :D

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Re: basic question regarding tracking

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Post by steelehead » Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:45 am

... just browsing old threads, well I guess I'm facing a similar problem.

When casting single-handed (over the top) I do not have tracking problems, however, when introducing hauling I generally tilt my rod sidewards and end up with curve casts on the back. I tried to fix it by "shooting line on the backcast" and checking the direction, but this did not help too much - only to realize the problem persists.
Another suggestion was using a different stance - call it "reversed"/"twisted" open stance - as a right-handed caster the right foot forward - was said to cause less rotation in the upper body and there fore less curvy backcasts.

Some more suggestions for things to try out - apart from Pauls accuracy drills?

Thanks, Chris

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Re: basic question regarding tracking

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Post by Paul Arden » Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:57 am

If we are moving into distance here with a longer carry, then I always pick the target before I make the casting stroke. Which in turn means that I don’t watch the loop roll out because I’m busy focusing on my next target.

Now I don’t (rarely) do this while fishing unless I’m simply covering the water. If I’m aiming for a moving target it goes without saying that you must keep your eyes on the fish.

However in training and in distance casting competition this is the way to do it, and over time - much time! - it will happen naturally without having to always look at the targets.

One of my favourite casting drills is carry. Find an elevated position - for me that has been truck and even house roofs. Currently it is my boat roof. And cast for a minute or so with your longest carry. All the little variations in your stroke - power allocation - can be seen in the loop. I had a few spots for this. Height is good. Stuff like cliffs and mountains are amazing to cast off. Just be careful you don’t fall over or off then :D

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Re: basic question regarding tracking

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Post by Carol » Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:00 pm

This is something to try indoors with the lights off, seriously. Holding a laser pointer instead of a rod, go through your off-vertical casting stroke. Watch the light on the ceiling and see if it follows a straight line. If not, see where it deviates from a straight line and work on that without a rod.
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Post by Lasse Karlsson » Thu Mar 26, 2020 3:45 pm

There's an app for tracking made by Ulrik Røjezons son like ten years ago, I think its still there, called "flycasting tracker"
Its basicly two lines and a dot, you hold your smartphone in hand, and make your cast, if the dot hits the lines, phone will vibrate, lines can be screen wide or narrower for a more difficult excercise :-D

There's also Steve Rajeff s bloody knuckles, stand close to a wall, and make your cast along it, if your tracking is of, you'll hit the wall, go for a rough one if you want to hurt ;-)

And last, look at the topleg when casting, if it starts swinging, you have to adjust, mostly its tiny adjustments, but looking at the loop is the fastet way I know to improve tracking.

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Re: basic question regarding tracking

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Post by steelehead » Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:47 pm

Thanks Carol and Lasse for your suggestions!
I already knew the bloody knuckle method, but I guess I'd have to borrow someones rod for that... guess I'll try to watch the topleg swinging - sounds practicable.

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Re: basic question regarding tracking

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Post by nicholasfmoore » Fri Mar 27, 2020 1:27 am

I would also suggest watching yourself in the mirror with a rod butt and practice grooving a good stroke for at least 20 mins a day. IMO that's one of the best for fixing your tracking 😀 or casting along a contractors tape. Make sure the tip is directly over the tape.

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