The stop points.

The stop points of casting affect the final result of a cast to a great extent. It does not help how well you have performed the basic technique and loaded the rod if you fail in terms of these points. In this final phase of the cast, the stop and the release of the line must be coordinated in order to achieve a satisfactory result. This is just as important in terms of both single and double handed casting. Today’s modern equipment, with fast action rods and lines, creates very fast speeds when you shoot the line. The beginner, which might stumble a bit with the casting, will achieve several meters in casting length if the stop and the release theory is performed well. This also goes for the more advanced caster, this caster will often load the rod as much as possible, and then it is easier to make mistakes in the final phase of the cast.

The stop points.
These points are located in the back and forward cast, it is important that these points are precise. With that I mean that that you have to make distinct stops, this creates a catapult effect so that the line speed increases and thus loads the rod better. This is just as important to do in the back and the forward casts, if you have a god back cast speed you start the forward cast with a better loaded rod, and therefore you will cast further.

The release point.
It is important to coordinate the stop and the release, this makes for the best result. Stopping the rod motion at the right time will not help unless you also release the fly line at the same time. The most usual mistake is that the line is let go of too late, resulting in you casting forward with a poorly loaded rod. If you let go of the line too early, there will be a slack in the line and you will not be able to control the line and stretch it. Practise coordinating this a lot, it will dramatically improve your results and your enjoyment of fishing.


Picture sequence 1, (double handed rods).

Here you see that I have stopped the rod movement of the forward cast, notice the angle of the arm, if you have a good angle between the upper and forearm you’re in the right position. Stop the rod movement when the rod hits your stomach, you will have the angle right and the rod is maximally loaded in this position. This is when you should let go of the fly line.

Here you see that the forearm is extended. If you continue the rod movement after the rod hits the stomach the progressive loading of the rod will stop and the rod tip will deviate from the vertical line. This creates messy loops and often results in failed casts.


Picture sequence 2, (double handed spey).
Here you see that the line is released as the rod hits the stomach. With today’s modern, fast action rods and shooting heads this is a very effective way of casting, you will achieve tight loops and the line will fly out at great speeds.



Picture sequence 3, (single handed spey).
Here you will see that I stop the rod movement with an angle between the upper and forearm. When the rod is in the forward stop position, it is stopped distinctively and the line is released at the same time. This is really just what happens when double hand casting as well, both in terms of overhead and spey casting. The same goes for all single hand techniques to, this can be directly compared.





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