Creep: Unintentional movement of the rod in the direction of the next Casting Stroke.
Creep is a persistent casting fault where the rod is unintentionally moved so the Casting Arc and/or Casting Stroke Length of that cast are reduced.*
we’ll notice the key word above ‘Unintentional’. many casters are unaware of this movement and this is a very common fault with casters of all levels.
exaggerated for the purpose of demonstration, here’s what it looks like.
on the last forward stroke (starting at 30′), instead of waiting for the loop to unroll the caster starts moving the rod forward while the line is still unrolling toward the back and the effective casting stroke itself as noted in the definition is greatly reduced.
another double-nasty effect of creeping is the line is no longer in proper tension and that feeling is transmitted instantly to the rod hand.
all this leads to the typical scenario where the caster tries to compensate for the lack of tension and normal stroke distance by overpowering (shocking) the forward stroke over a constrained distance, the rod tip dips and bounces back up abruptly and he gets a beautiful tailing loop !
however, if we intentionally click the link below, creep is a good thing.
fly casting is full of wonderful paradoxes, i guess that’s what makes it so interesting.
* from The Sexyloops Fly Casting Model
‘Extreme Creep’ casting video by Aitor Coteron
there are a few simple remedies to creep but before going into them, let’s see if you can find them on your own and add them in the comment section.
anyone wanna play ?