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  1. #91
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    May 2009

    Default Re: British Fly Casting Club (BFCC)

    Quote Originally Posted by speytime View Post
    Maybe you could shed some light on something I've noticed James, when casting a line double and single handed rods they don't really come to life/load as well until there's a foot or two of running line outside the eye, I've noticed it with long and short head lines with double and single handers.

    Thanks Al
    I do quite a lot of my practice (single and double handed) with shooting-head lines - the main advantage to this is that I don't wear out expensive lines. You also get a really good feedback into your hauls when double hauling a single handed rod. One of the first things I'd advise someone to do who is wanting to progress in distance casting is to make up some shooting heads from old fly lines, they should be made to the length that the caster is comfortable with aerialising outside of the tip.

    When a caster stops the rod at the end of the forward cast the rod usually goes from a bent backwards position to a bent forwards position - what we refer to as counterflex. During these brief moments the initial shape of the loop is formed. If you imagine casting a shooting head with no overhang, i.e. the transition from the head to the running line is right in the tip ring, then as the rod counterflexes it pulls some of the heavy line down into what becomes the rod-leg of the loop. The rest of the fly line (in the fly-leg of the loop) is still propelled towards the target but it's having to lift the line that's in the rod leg.

    If you now think about a cast with plenty of overhang. The loop forms in exactly the same way, but this time you only have the light weight running line that is pulled downwards into the rod-leg, and all the heavier head is propelled towards the target in the fly-leg. As such, the fly-leg has a much easier job of lifting the rod-leg because the rod-leg is so much lighter, i.e. made up of running line. Consequentially, this arrangement will result in a tighter, more efficient loop which seems to fly out better, but with no more effort than the cast with zero overhang.

    Tuning the overhang for the weather conditions on the day is crucial for winning competitions and is something I'll change for pretty much every one of my casts within the specified competition time - hoping to find the perfect amount.

    Hope that makes sense.

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  2. #92
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    Feb 2009

    Default Re: British Fly Casting Club (BFCC)

    Yes James that makes sense to me thanks very much for explaining it I couldn't get my head around why it was happening, I was actually a bit hesitant to ask thinking this doesn't make sense is it my imagination ��

    Many thanks Al

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