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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-13-2008, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
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Been a while since I've been to the board. Hope everyone is doing well and fishing is spectacular. Getting ready for a hike on the Appalachain Trail hunting for tiny brookies. I've finally got some time on that forecast kit I put together. Here is my issue...for a switch cast my D seems like its going down even when my backcast is back and up. Also I get the leader pile A lot...I just can't seem to work the kinks out??? Any feedback??
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-13-2008, 03:45 PM
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difficult to say with your description but two things come to mind- if single hand casting adn realtively short line out I would make sure you don't pasue on the back cast - make it a continous motion (Kinda like a belgium loop).

On the forward cast, make sure there is a positive stop and stop and aim high enough so you don't drive the cast into the water
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What Rick said and a couple of more things to think about. Make sure to start the cast with the rod tip low and line tight. Make a slow shotgun style lift of the rod to about ten oclock. Then sweep the rod back laterally to the side keeping the tip traveling on the same plane. DONT DIP THE ROD> Go from that lateral sweep and raise to the firing postion, if proper power is applied on the backstroke the raising of the rod to the firing position should lay down a nice anchor to your side and slightly in front of you. Your crumpled leader problems could possibly be caused from the initial lift being to high and then you are dipping the rod tip on your backstroke, this dipping on the backstroke will cause a piled anchor. Hope this helps and stick at it. Kevin
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-17-2008, 12:07 PM
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Okay, here is my 6 months of experience! These guys are correct with the crumpled leader. I was practicing the switch yesterday. What I learned is that I needed to not lift so high so there was no need for the dip as stated. (Single spey muscle memory?). Also, I wasn't keeping my bottom hand tight to my chest which may be part of your problem as well. Lastly, practice to get the timing down so point P is out and in front of you and only the leader touches. Silence is golden!
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All,

Been a while since I've been to the board. Hope everyone is doing well and fishing is spectacular. Getting ready for a hike on the Appalachain Trail hunting for tiny brookies. I've finally got some time on that forecast kit I put together. Here is my issue...for a switch cast my D seems like its going down even when my backcast is back and up. Also I get the leader pile A lot...I just can't seem to work the kinks out??? Any feedback??
when I have issues like that with a SH switch, I'm usually not going under enough on the underhand cast. I visualize painting the leader onto the water next to me with an inclined sweeping and smooth side/back cast, but I have to overcome SH muscle memory and start it lower than I want to so it'll lay down the leader real nice without burying the line itself. When the cast has enough energy and proper speed, a good leader won't pile up, especially if your forward stop is high enough.

I love the AT, when I was younger I hiked from Jersey to the Georgia border alone. watch out for bears in the Smokies if you're going up that way, and have fun!
envious, Bob
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