Fly Casting- A little more on the Double Haul

as a follow up to yesterday’s post Explaining the Double Haul, friend and instructor colleague Craig Buckbee a.k.a. EasternCaster offered a brilliantly simple addition, something every person of any level of fly casting can really benefit from by keeping in the forefront of the mind when practicing the double haul:

“The rod hand initiates the cast, the line hand finishes the cast”

that simple statement/mantra-to-be-mumbled-over-and-over actually says/implies a lot about great hauling form and great casting in general but there’s a few more things to add to this topic so i’ll just leave it at that for today and encourage you to not only try it out but also think about it for a while.

as for this somewhat cryptic image, here’s a minor tip that came in handy to help solve a little issue a casting student of mine had during a course a few months back. i know its a little off-the-shelf but if it can help someone else then it’ll be well, just great.

the situation: this gentleman had been falsley lead to believe for many-many years by a bunch of bozos that the double-haul was a ‘specialist’s’ technique only to be used by the elite to cast very far… and as a result and as primarily a river trout fisher, had never learned to haul but heard the contrary here and there and was keen to learn.

Krieger's Haul drill mono loop m.fauvet-TLC 5-1-16

by far, i prefer to have students use the type of gear they’ll be using in their ‘everyday’ fishing but he was having a little trouble getting the right feel and timing for the feedback so i pulled out my Mel Krieger Hauling Reel backup (it’s a shooting head with a mono shooting line – see the video below) and included Mel’s drill as part of the afternoon’s tasks.

this started off really well for those specific difficulties and after a few minutes they where almost a thing of the past however, whether it was his aging hands combined with the thinnish shooting mono or, 20-30 years of being used to slipping line through the fingers whilst false casting reflex, the end result was an excess amount of overhang after each casting cycle and as anyone who’s cast a shooting line knows, there’s only so much overhang possible before things start to get nasty, ugly and frustrating or in other words, this was turning into negative, unproductive time spent by the student.

since there’s no actual line shooting involved in this drill and after noticing how line slippage was quickly becoming the centre of his attention instead of the key elements (and also noticing how i was starting to sweat whilst trying to find a solution quickly… ) i decided to eliminate the impedment by cutting the shooting line at the correct overhang length and tie a simple loop knot that could be easily held.

line slippage became impossible, focus shifted back to the task and after a few minutes, the beginner hauler became quite proficient. enough so that when he re-installed his ‘normal’, thicker, non-slippery line back on the rod, everything went fine and dandy and the Mister left a happy-hauling camper.

in novels and movies i really like it when the hero gets her/his brains blown out or the couple ends by a grueling divorce but when it comes to casting lessons, a happy ending is always a win-win.

and as another happy ending, here’s Mel ! enjoy !

An Experiment in Teaching Fly Casting

The Double Haul  by Eric Sherar

first shared and analyzed on Gordy Hill’s MCCI discussion group about a year ago, this absolutely fantastic casting instruction video series shows us an experiment on teaching the double haul with a complete novice to fly casting. we basically see the complete lesson in real time and there’s a lot to learn here whether you’re an instructor or someone wanting to improve your double haul technique.
divided in twenty videos, it’ll take you about two hour’s time to view the whole series and it’s well worth taking the time to stop and watch certain sequences again.

this is a real treat, i hope you’ll not only benefit but enjoy.

2  –  Tackle

 –  Tonio

 –  1stlesson

5 –  Step 2 hauling and repositioning line hand while rod hand does a back cast

6 –  Overhang

7 –  The student doing the back cast

8 –  Student practicing the back cast

9 –  Showing student the forward cast

10 –  Student practicing the forward cast with the haul

11 –  Student putting it all together and double hauling while false casting

12 –  Student working on where to stop the rod while double hauling

13 – Student practicing shooting line on the double haul

14 –  Some bad teaching from the instructor

15 –  Student changing things up learning on their own. Shooting line with the double haul.

16 –  Good shot of front loops after 55 min of casting

17 –  This is the second day of casting instruction. Student is double hauling a 7wt wt forward line

18 –  This clip the student is just false casting no double haul

19 –  Student, tells what cast is the easiest to make

20 –  Studnet working on pick up and lay down and trajectory 2nd day

21 Conclusion
my conclusion is WoW…