Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Rogue River State of Jefferson
This is a very nice video. His setup, although not quite what I would prefer, works reasonably well. I would just like to point out a few unmentioned things the beginner might take note of.
On the views taken off caster #1's left shoulder, note the line on the water drifts extremely close to the caster's legs before the start of the sweep. The "out & around" sweep is really upstream, out & around, resulting in close to 360° of sweep. This goes along with Al Bhur's common question "how can I make the rod do more of the work , so I don't have to" also Ed ward's thing about do not creep before starting the sweep. It makes the most out of the sweep, something I do all the time on a DS cast.
The water was moving pretty fast & I was unable to ascertain exactly where "point P" was before he started the sweep. Point P, to me, being the junction between the floating tip & the T-14. I try to time mine so that it will be in line with everything when I hit the power on the cast. The trick, as pointed out in Skagit Master #1, is to allow just enough time for that T-14 tip to dig in enough to provide a good solid anchor so as not to blow it on the cast, but not so much it takes extra effort to extract it either. When he got it right, he was making some very good casts.
The path of the rod tip doesn't matter, as long as it doesn't drop during the sweep. If it does, you'll see the D-loop drop a foot or more line into the water on the sweep. If this happens, it results in a loss of momentum, energy. You can still make the cast, but it won't be optimum.
Another little tidbit. Don't strip off more line that you can cast. Notice his line came tight to the reel before the cast fell on the water.
Caster #1 kept his arms/ elbows in close to his body, the power being a pull of the bottom hand. Caster # 2 raised his arms & put too much upper arm in in the cast. He threw the rod at the fish, so to speak. Compare the results.
A word about this CMCL constant motion, constant load thing. If you are coming from a longer line casting discipline, you were probably told "you have to wait for the D-loop to come around" Plus you were pulling that D-loop off the water, creating that "white mouse" along the way & the mouse provided the load on the rod. It also slowed that D-loop down. Skagit casting, with the high sweep changes all of that. The high out & around sweep is utilizing centrifugal force rather than the white mouse to load the rod. That abbreviated D-loop comes around a lot faster. Don't pause, don't slow down. If you do, the rod begins to upload & you have to make that up by "whacking" it harder! It's all in the timing & every rod reacts a little differently. You just have to experiment & get in tune with your rod.
I fish because the voices inside my head tell me to.