“… the classical pile cast where the upward trajectory on the last forward cast is very extreme, allowing for the line to fall to the surface in a pile. Be careful to avoid a tailing loop. You will need to back off on your force, open your loop, and angle your backcast down as much as possible.”
That above is a quote from a document I have been reading recently. I thought that it is pretty easy to show the validity of that statement in practice, so out I went rod and camera in hand.
This video shows a cast of fourteen meters of line and leader length from the reel to the fluff. Both back and forward casts angled up, narrow loops… and still no tailing loop.
Not a difficult cast if you know how tailing loops are formed:
Such a high backcast greatly decreases the available casting angle for the forward cast —specially if the trajectory of the latter is upwards—, and that extremely small angle is what could result in a tailing loop. The solution is obvious: immediately after the backcast stop, I apply layback to make the available casting angle bigger; then, on the forward cast, I increase the stroke length to get a longer acceleration lane to facilitate reaching the final delivery speed in a very progressive way. Et voilà!
You won’t get a tailing loop if you accelerate your casting stroke properly, for the source of tailing loops lies in a bad application of force by the caster, who fails in the fundamental task of increasing the speed of the rod butt in a progressive way. Casting with a very limited angle and stroke length may lead to this problem, but not necessarily.