Tighten The Loop

CoverIt’s a fly-casting axiom: short stroke equals tight loop, long stroke equals lazy loop. One yields power, accuracy, and a precise turn of the leader that also resists the wind. The other? It’s okay for short casts and certain situations with lots of weight on the leader or fly. Otherwise, you’ll get nothing but trouble from a broad loop. A beginning caster may be confused when watching a veteran use an extended arm motion when aiming for great distance. The long motion allows for the extreme length the line travels back and forth. The key is the power stroke, that magic moment when the rod tips over at a point near the angler’s ear. It’s the quick, short turn during that power application that yields strength and distance. —C.M.