Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: steelhead country
...is workable with all the Sustained Anchor (SA) casts. Don't expect "picture perfect" casts though, because the anchoring of the line is not exactly the same type of resistance displayed by actual water - the grass has higher "slippage".
The values of grass casting are in the facts that: #1 - the act of "fishing" is removed from the practice setting, thus 100% of one's focus can be on the casting: #2 - no "current" means that casts can be stopped mid-process to allow the checking of line positions as references for correct procedure: #3 - the "slippage" of grass greatly reinforces the need to slow down the casting process and rely on technique rather than "muscle".
1 - longer grass leaders than the suggested 10' may be necessary for some types of grass.
2 - putting a sinktip onto the line seems to make for a more similar feel to water than a straight floater.
3 - phenomonal grass casting can be had by dedicating a line just for grass casting. This basically involves acquiring a line that is a bit longer than that used on the water, and somewhat heavier (about 100 grains heavier is a good starting point for 8 and 9 weights).
Suggested practice focus:
1 - concentrate on the Load Sequence. This is the most important, core part of the Skagit casting procedure. The prior step, the Pickup, is easily tuned on the water with enough rod time, and the fact is that not-so-perfect Pickups will still produce good casts provided that the Load Sequence is correct. As regards the other end of the casting procedure, the Forward Casting Stroke is in itself worthless without a solid Load Sequence. However, properly loading a rod will still produce a cast even if the Forward Casting Stroke is not totally "correct". So, let me reiterate - FOCUS ON THE LOADING SEQUENCE.
2 - The three main components of the Loading Sequence to practice, and in the order that they should be concentrated upon are - flat plane movements, out and around motion, and instantaneous start.