Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: North fork Stillaguamish
I could be completely wrong in my interpretation, but
One reason for "slapping" the rod down abruptly during the reposition is to drive energy through the entire line, straightening and purposely inverting the tip, leader, and fly to the rear and orienting it 180 degrees opposite the direction of the intended forward cast. The focus is (as much) on the positioning, orientation and complete straightening of the tip, leader, and fly prior to the forward stroke as what is going on in front of the rod.
Alternately, simply pulling in slack with a rearward vertical lift and more gently laying it down in a "pile" in front of or alongside the caster can leave the tip, leader, and fly in a "pile" as well--when that technique is used, I employ the "out and around" of the wrap cast, hoping the tip, leader, and fly (as a single unit) will simply rotate 270 degrees while staying more or less in position. It is a "quieter" cast, and it feels like the outward bow and mass of the head has a more important role than in the first example.
They both have their place and both work, as long as you don't mix the two techniques within a single cast.
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