the PULD complex

here’s an interesting little exercise that’s starting off quite nicely.
being a relative newcomer to our activity and keenly interested in fly casting, i asked Laurent from GOne Fishin9 to describe with words a basic Pick Up and Lay Down cast.
the purpose is to break down each element, have a better understanding of them and how they work when combined.
this is what he came up with. quite impressive.
instead of keeping this more or less between the two of us, what i’d like is to hear what you all have to say about his description.
the PULD is one of the foundations of casting and breaking it down step by step in our minds before putting those steps into application is an enriching experience for anyone at any level.
let’s play !

the PULD complex

Marc having unexpectedly turned into Sigmund Freud, he’s all about what’s happening into the dark corners of my mind, and since he won’t take ‘wtf??’ as an answer I’d better practice my introspection. Current exercise: what did you think about your mother’s boobs? if you don’t want to think about them, you’re just repressing, that’s sad but you can always try to describe with full detail what happens in a PULD.

yeah, PULD, or PU&LD. In case you’re like myself somewhat unfamiliar with the pro’s lingo (and then feel retarded) it’s for Pick Up & Lay Down.

so, my unenlightened version would be like: take rod… sling back… tug… sling forward… follow. but that won’t do, obviously. I need to get a finer grain.

  1. initial position: right handed, open. left foot in front, right foot behind. body plane slightly tilted towards the line plane. 10m of line on the ground, straight. no slack. rod in line with the line.
  2. grip rather loose, wrist slightly bent to have the rod in line with forearm.
  3. start moving up the rod by flexing the elbow and shoulder. smooth acceleration. the whole movement goes towards a sharp stop with arm horizontal, forearm vertical and wrist straight. the rod is at one o’clock.
  4. your eyes follow the loop, hence your head has turned back over the shoulder to look at the backcast
  5. meantime, and just after the stop, try to squeeze and release the grip to absorb bounce (not very clear what to do, but you try to dampen the goddamn thing)
  6. arm extends a little in direction of backcast while the loop unrolls
  7. when the line is straight, start front cast. smooth acceleration to a stop. stop should be more or less 1-2 o’clock. things you try not to forget:
    1. less power
    2. concentrate on loop: let the loop happen correctly, them the rest will follow (relatively easy to believe at 10m)
    3. careful with power, not too much, else you tail
    4. be smooth and sharp but smooth
    5. try to have the tip moving in a relatively straight path. this one is wishful thinking, because the tip move fast and I have no fucking idea of its trajectory (the tail will tell me)
    6. think you shoot into a tube to try to get a narrow loop
  8. all this went well so the loop is nice and not tailing (much) and maybe it has a kind of point to it. (you should film it to really know but lazy)
  9. just before the line straighten, start lowering the tip. the idea is to follow the line as it falls on the ground.

2 thoughts on “the PULD complex

  1. agree, but you could always ‘like’ the part i wrote ! :mrgreen:

    about that simple-minded wannabe psychotic-analyst. i’ve always wished to go ‘1984’ on his ass and burn his history. the western world would be a better place.

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