Casting principles

Casting is a type of a fishing technique that is frequently used in fishing and therefore accurate casting is a must to successfully fish. When a fishing line is thrown out over the water by using a fishing rod which is flexible, the act is called as casting. One should remember that whenever bass fishing, whatever the casting technique used, always the wrist should be used and not the arms. The technique involves the quick flicking of the rod towards the water. There are different types of casting techniques depending on the type of fishing done like fly casting, spin casting, spey casting, roll casting, overhead casting, and underhand casting. Here we would discuss the more prevalent of these and that is the fly casting.

While fly casting it is important to learn the use of the fly rod so as to be able to cast the weight of the fly line. This can be done by following the below mentioned basic principles of fly casting:

Casting principles:

1. A good fly casting technique denotes timing and not strength. A good caster constantly needs to practice the art of casting as this is not something that can be learnt from a book. Timing of the cast is important and therefore a constant practice of nearly 15 minutes each day for a month is enough to become a great caster.

2. When casting, the fly line and the fly must go in the same direction as the point of the fly rod tip.

3. The basic fundamental of good fly casting involves the proper stopping and stroking of the fly rod. When the fly rod is cast by the caster the energy is loaded onto the fly rod. This energy is then released by the fly rod to the fly line. When the caster is making a short cast, the energy that is loaded onto the top of the fly rod is short whereas when a long cast is being made by the caster, he releases a lot of energy by striking a short but powerful stroke into the bottom and center of the fly rod.

4. The arcs made in the air when the rod is cast are called the casting arcs and these as mentioned are large for long casts and short for small casts.

5. After the casting stroke it is essential to stop the fly rod in time so as to form the casting loop. This also casts the line by allowing the fly rod to unload.

As mentioned casting is something that needs constant practice and therefore before going in for long casts, it is advisable that you practice cast short first. This can be done by practicing in a pool or on a lawn. Learning the casting principles from an instructor is the best way. It is important to take care when learning the casting principles and these involve the use of protective glasses so as to prevent eye injury, casting greater distances only when competence at short distances has been achieved and having a good caster watch your casting so as to make comments critically.