Fly Casting- Horizontal Climbing loops

a side cast followed by a little upwards lift by varying finger grip pressure, starting at the beginning and continuing throughout the ‘stop’ is all it takes.
not only fun to do, this side cast can get under obstacles and still deliver the fly delicately.
since the front end of the line is angled higher than the back, the front ensemble, line and leader unrolls slightly upwards, it’s energy dissipates and falls to the water of it’s own weight similar to a parachute cast.diagram: Carl McNeil
photo: Carlos Azpilicueta

this photo brings back fond memories as it was the first time i met Carlos, ‘Mr Presentation Casts’ and my first casting lesson with a true master of fly casting. i’m still wowed

6 thoughts on “Fly Casting- Horizontal Climbing loops

  1. hi Aitor !
    with pleasure, here’s what i mean.
    the rod hand’s traveling forward almost palm-up.
    to initiate the stop/lift sequence i start by tightening the pinky, then ring finger, then middle, then index, then thumb instead of the ‘usual’ full-hand all-at-once tightening.
    in a way it feels like ‘rolling’. i hope that makes sense. this would take literally 2 seconds to demonstrate in person…
    anyway, by tightening the hand this way the rod tip rises in a very controlled and consistent manner, much better (to me) than by using the wrist.
    let me know if this makes sense to you.

  2. No spare time now to play with my MPR.
    Anyway, I can’t visualize how by tightening the fingers in sequence we have a different rod tip path than by tightening all at once.

  3. ok, here’s my non-medical terms explanation attempt…. :mrgreen:
    the smaller fingers are not only of a smaller diameter but weaker than the bigger fingers.
    if i apply equal pressure with all the fingers, the thinner diameter of the smaller fingers applies less force over distance to the grip.
    what i definitely get is a change of increasing pressure on the rod as i progress from smaller to bigger fingers and this is what makes the lift.
    this probably has to do with the structure of the hand itself, but that’s just a guess.
    play around with this, pantomiming at first when you get a chance and i’m sure you’ll see what i mean. maybe.

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