Too Much, Too Soon

CoverPerhaps the most common casting error, apart from breaking the wrist on the backcast, comes at the very beginning. Many anglers begin applying full power on the pickup, starting with the rod parallel to the water, while there is still slack line on the water surface. This immediately creates an extremely large loop while failing to properly load the rod. The angler spends the remainder of the cast sequence fighting to tighten the loop,eliminate wind resistance, and build line speed. Most often, he never recovers. An effective cast begins by stripping in excess line, then smoothly lifting the rod tip to ten o’clock. This places the rod in position to load while setting the stage for a short, quick power stroke. Remember: The shorter the power stroke, the tighter the loop and the more powerful the cast. —C.M.