So about a month ago I had a bit of a breakthrough when I bought my Delta line out of exile. I have had some great casting and some ugly casting with the longer head Spey lines, “longer” includes “short” and “mid” belly for me. At any rate, despite almost two years of not casting anything longer than a 30’ head, I was really clicking with my touch and go casts and having a blast with the longer line.
I decided that this would be the ideal time to spend some time to build on my casting skills a bit, and have been getting out almost daily for anywhere from 20 minutes to a couple hours. For the most part, I am happy with my progress; there are some issues that keep coming up though, and I thought I would seek some advice.
In general, I see pretty consistent tight loops when casting the full head along with an extra 5-10’ of running line. I start thinking my form is great, but I do start noticing more and more faults the more line I start shooting. My tendency for a tailing loop starts going up a lot once I shoot much more than 25-30’ or so. I am pretty sure that a big variation I am introducing is applying too much power too quickly/abruptly and not getting as smooth of a transition into my forward cast. It helps a lot when I just let off the gas overall, but my max distance is noticeably decreased. There may well be other factors, but this has been the main variable I have been able to identify.
I welcome any suggestions for specific techniques, or ideas in general for addressing my casting faults. The bigger question at this point would be how I should spend my casting time. On the one hand I tend to think that it is better to spend as much time reinforcing the good technique (or at least better technique), and my casts sure look and feel a lot better at the mid distance than the long range. On the other hand, I think that the longer ranges tend to highlight and magnify casting issues that may well be present but not as noticeable in my short to mid range?
Full set up is as follows: Beulah Platinum 13’2” 7wt with a Delta 7/8 line, a hobbled together leader that is varying from 12’ to 18’ (about 14-15’ seems sweet), mostly small flies.
FWIW, I am on a very similar trajectory, with similar successes/challenges with a Deer Creek 11’ 5/6 switch rod and a 6/7 Rio
Short Head Spey line (42’) and a 12-13’ leader.
Thanks for any and all suggestions!