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Old 01-04-2017, 11:29 AM
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Default Casting light line advice

Hi, having always used a 4/5 weight line for my river fishing i decided to buy a 3 weight to offer more delicate presentaion and less splash.

Took it out on the river yesterday with my 3weight greys streamflex and what a disaster. My casting was atrocious, like right back to day 1 week 1 beginner, with the line coiling off in a heap. I just couldn't seem to get any smooth rythum going and generated no load or power.

Can anyone offer some help as to how best to cast lighter weight lines? It was driving me mad!

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Old 01-04-2017, 11:43 AM
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Maybe you should have practised with the gear before you went fishing.
Can you cast the rod with a #4? That is what you need for short range. Get the timing right with a #4 and then move onto the #3. I assume the line is true to AAFTMA!
Get the loops straightening at the back and you will be almost there.
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Hi, having always used a 4/5 weight line for my river fishing i decided to buy a 3 weight to offer more delicate presentaion and less splash.

Took it out on the river yesterday with my 3weight greys streamflex and what a disaster. My casting was atrocious, like right back to day 1 week 1 beginner, with the line coiling off in a heap. I just couldn't seem to get any smooth rythum going and generated no load or power.

Can anyone offer some help as to how best to cast lighter weight lines? It was driving me mad!

Cheers
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Royal, it is not enough to cast with a right equipment regarding light lines, to have some results it is necessary to use a right casting technique. I'm sure your technique is the classical one based on rhythmical stops in the forward and back casts, using rods not suitable for this kind of lines.
Take a look here Home and contact Philip Bailey and you will see that they can help you about light line.

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Old 06-04-2017, 07:00 PM
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Hi Royal,
Google Italian style casting and check it out. These lads underline 3wt rods and still create loops to die for.
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I find the lighter the lines and rods, the more I use my wrist, casting with just the tip of the rod so to speak.
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Royal take a look here
maybe it can give you an idea of how to cast with light lines.
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You mentioned less splash ,if your splashing with a four and five weight you aint going to cast a three weight correctly either. As for ,Practice, practice some more and enjoy.You need to be practicing the right things not the wrong ones. Im afraid the answer is as always ,get some lessons .Where in the world are you ?
If your casting action isnt up to scratch at the moment italian wont be easy either .
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Old 08-04-2017, 10:32 AM
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Royal, it is not enough to cast with a right equipment regarding light lines, to have some results it is necessary to use a right casting technique. I'm sure your technique is the classical one based on rhythmical stops in the forward and back casts, using rods not suitable for this kind of lines.
Take a look here Home and contact Philip Bailey and you will see that they can help you about light line.

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Can anyone offer some help as to how best to cast lighter weight lines? It was driving me mad!
A 3 weight on a 3 weight rod should feel no different to a 5 weight on a 5 weight rod in terms of feedback from the line, check your head lengths, you maybe need more weight in the 3 weight at the distance you are casting.
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Poor casting technique leads to splashing - something I am very familiar with . If you cast correctly 4wt shouldn't splash either, nor a 5wt, 6wt etc.
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