Here's a little trick to try for added distance and super tight loops: shoot line into your backcast. The principle is the same as shooting line into the final backcast when distance casting with a single hand rod, except here we are talking about shooting line into the D loop. Here's how it works:
- hold a loop of line between your top hand and bottom hand
- grip the rod with your normal grip, holding the remaining shooting line in your lower hand
- form your D loop, releasing the line from your top hand just after you stop your rod on the backcast. Forming a "V" loop works best, and you might find it helpful to put a little more (but just a little) "ooomph" into your backcast
- adjust the timing of your forward cast because your D loop will now be larger
- make your forward cast, adjusting your stroke to allow for the longer length of line, and shoot the remaining line into your forward cast
Start with a fairly small "shooting loop" then gradually add more line until you find the optimum length for your tackle and technique.
It takes a little practice, but the results are worth it. This technique works well with extended shooting heads and MidSpey-type lines.