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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-22-2013, 08:46 AM Thread Starter
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Looking for pointers

I recently met with a two handed caster for some critiquing on my casting. After about of week of shaking my bad habits this is the result, very consistent and nearly effortless.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQbFwFrRjO4

Please take a look and let me know if there is anything that sticks out like a sore thumb. Besides the fact that it looks like a lake

I am planning on taking another video from the side today while at the kings to view more of the loop...

Thanks a bunch guys, I really appreciate it
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-22-2013, 09:57 AM
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Place your Grip further back. You'll load your rod more and transfer more energy.
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Looks like a good cast. The cast is aimed high and well layed-out before hitting the water. Looks like you are executing a spey-cast (no change in direction) but it is very hard to tell if the lift is definite or you are simply bringing the head to the surface before the forward-cast and therefore not a spey-cast, but a roll-cast instead. What really sticks out in your videos, to me, is very little lift, nearly no sweep, and very shallow a d loop to your rear. I realize this is a practice session in still-water and change in direction may not be your focus, but if spey casts are your aim - I would say this one needs more lift and sweep. Notice how far out ahead of you the cast comes out of the water in your video? Try to set the anchor a bit closer to you by lifting the head, leader, and fly clear of the water so that the cast come off with-in a yard or two of your side. You may have to reach-out with your arms to begin the lift. Pull the line in and to your casting side while scribing a "shallow bowl" (right at the start and at 01:30 of vid attached) with the rod tip as you sweep the rod to set the anchor and form the D loop. Note the lift and where the anchor is set. That is only one method for the spey cast and you may or may not hear of one other. This is how Simon Gawesworth teaches the spey-cast and it leads easily into putting larger changes indirection (single-spey cast) as the cast develops.
http://cfbflyrods.com/2013/02/hand-r...eimer-process/

I agree with more lower hand. I use index finger and thumb on the butt-cap only. My other fingers are off the lower cork entirely holding loops of running line.

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Looks like a good cast. The cast is aimed high and well layed-out before hitting the water. Looks like you are executing a spey-cast (no change in direction) but it is very hard to tell if the lift is definite or you are simply bringing the head to the surface before the forward-cast and therefore not a spey-cast, but a roll-cast instead. What really sticks out in your videos, to me, is very little lift, nearly no sweep, and very shallow a d loop to your rear. I realize this is a practice session in still-water and change in direction may not be your focus, but if spey casts are your aim - I would say this one needs more lift and sweep. Notice how far out ahead of you the cast comes out of the water in your video? Try to set the anchor a bit closer to you by lifting the head, leader, and fly clear of the water so that the cast come off with-in a yard or two of your side. You may have to reach-out with your arms to begin the lift. Pull the line in and to your casting side while scribing a "shallow bowl" (right at the start and at 01:30 of vid attached) with the rod tip as you sweep the rod to set the anchor and form the D loop. Note the lift and where the anchor is set. That is only one method for the spey cast and you may or may not hear of one other. This is how Simon Gawesworth teaches the spey-cast and it leads easily into putting larger changes indirection (single-spey cast) as the cast develops.
http://cfbflyrods.com/2013/02/hand-r...eimer-process/

I agree with more lower hand. I use index finger and thumb on the butt-cap only. My other fingers are off the lower cork entirely holding loops of running line.
I completely agree with the dissection of this clip. Am was simply lifting the head and tip from the water. The major thing I did note was the anchor position ahead of me at the forward, which plays out from everything before noted as swing and lift. Thank you for pointing me in a good direction.
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I'm far from a casting expert, but one thing I can say for sure would help would be to film from a different angle to reduce the glare. It's kind of hard for me to see some aspects of the cast really clearly, so not so sure. I could easily be wrong here, but it looks like you might be rushing the forward stroke just a tad before the d-loop has had an opportunity to fully form. Again, hard to say for sure but the timing looks just a bit off to me.

Keep at it
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I'm far from a casting expert, but one thing I can say for sure would help would be to film from a different angle to reduce the glare. It's kind of hard for me to see some aspects of the cast really clearly, so not so sure. I could easily be wrong here, but it looks like you might be rushing the forward stroke just a tad before the d-loop has had an opportunity to fully form. Again, hard to say for sure but the timing looks just a bit off to me.

Keep at it
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Completely agree, I think again it is all stemmed from the setup, if that is not right, it will cause everything else besides the release point. I will post again on the reply stay tuned, until tomorrow friends
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The only thing I would say is that you are bringing the tip of the rod back about 2' above your head instead of level with your head.
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