Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Northern California
When I taught myself to cast left-handed I told myself I would learn to strip the other way after I got my left-handed casts down - concentrating on the important stuff first. But then I got so used to casting and fishing that way I never bothered. While learning to cast both ways has some clear advantages, and is virtually mandatory if you use a long enough line, which way you strip and which hand you hold the loops under the vast majority of conditions has hardly any advantages. So usually I strip the same way both directions and the loops are in my left hand both ways, so bottom or top hand depending. In special cases I transfer my loops to my right hand (bottom) when casting left handed, and sometime the reverse. But I find it only matters in special cases where the wind is blowing the loops into the reel in a weird way. When the shooting line starts tangling on the reel every cast you will know it’s time to think about it. Otherwise how you strip and hold it makes little difference. So I’d say learn to cast left-handed for sure, but there is no fundamental requirement to strip in mirror image as well. Whatever works.
Casting with both hands up is a whole different story. Once you get comfortable with it you will never go back to cack-handed.
“Gravity is a harsh mistress!”, The Tick