- May 7, 2010
Not sure if I understand this. Early rotation generally gives a wider loop. This brings us into the rather tangled subject (pun intended...) of is a tail a tail if the rod and fly leg don't cross each over in 2 places? ANSWER:- It is! ...sometimes referred to as a 'tailing tendency'. This is a very common misunderstanding in casting circles at all levels. When I had my very first casting lesson quite a few years ago, the instructor told me that I could avoid tails by dropping the rod-tip at the end of the cast therefore opening the loop and stopping the rod and fly leg colliding. This of course is bunkum. Once a tail is formed you can't un-form it but you can mitigate against rod and fly legs colliding. It's still a tail though...
It is yes, adapting the haul is mitigation, and it is generally just a crossed or closed loop rather than a tail, I typed that in error.
When this happens mid presentation what you need is to firstly stop the fly from catching the leader at the end of the cast, and get the leader to straighten to land straight, it's a momentary fix for a mistake, mistake hopefully removed in the next cast.
What would be useful is, rather than just the visual difference between a tail and a cross, but the different causes of each, and the different cures to each, for me just thinking about it, if you take out the normal longer cast tendency of the line to cross due to an upward trajectory and gravity, the causes and fixes of crossing and tailing are the same, smoother power application over a longer stroke and so on.