I have been working on starting my cast with my hands lower and to the side, slowing down my lift considerably, sweeping at an incline, extending my bottom hand arm, mellowing out on my forward cast, keeping my hands more in front of me, using less top hand and more bottom hand on the forward stroke to accelerate smoothly to a crisp stop. Very Occasionally I remember to do all of that in one cast. Like my 14 year old son Charlie says, “there’s a lot to remember.
In short I’m basically trying not to cast like my hair’s on fire…part of the time.
Sometimes I pull it off but if I’m not extremely focused from the very start to the very end of each cast cast I end up cutting corners during some integral phase of the procedure or at the very least hammering the forward cast too hard.
It’s an effort to slow myself down enough to forego some coveted repetitions in order to target the weak parts of my cast which is the lift because early on I failed to realize that the lift is just as important with short Scando heads as it is with long belly spey lines.
It begins with the hands low and to the side, with the body twisted towards the dangle, with my weight on my front foot and the upper torso canted forward. The rod tip starts low without any slack in the line. The rod is lifted slowly at an angle, not straight up and down. There can be no rush once the weight of the line is felt in the hands. It must be smooth and blend seamlessly into the sweep. The correct lift is the beginning of letting the rod do the work and the foundation for a powerful and efficient cast.