The Tailing Loop Paradox

This loop shape meets the requirements of the most popular definition of a tailing loop: concave path of the rod tip and fly leg crossing the rod leg. But… it isn’t a tailing loop.

Defining casting issues is not an easy task.

3 comments on “The Tailing Loop Paradox

  1. Bill Keister says:

    The Tailing Loop Paradox

    For a loop to be a tailing loop the projection (or view) of the loop must be seen to cross in both the vertical and horizontal projections or views. A trailing loop is seen to cross in vertical view or projection onto a vertical surface . But if viewed from above or projected onto a horizontal surface the legs of the loop do not cross. Another way of saying it is a trailing loop is a closed in the vertical view and open in the horizontal view. A trailing loop is closed in both views.

    This very analogues to Simon Gawesworth’s railroad tracks for the roll cast. As long as the roll cast does not cross the fly leg there will be not problem (trailing loop). If the roll cast crosses over the fly leg (tailing loop) there will be a problem.


    • Aitor says:

      If I understand it correctly for a loop to be considered a tail rod leg and fly leg not only intersect when viewed from the side but they must be in different planes, right?
      So this isn’t a tailing loop?

      I agree on the roll cast: every cast of the roll family is a trailing loop. It doesn’t have anything to do with gravity.


    • Aitor says:

      Tailing and collision loops in Spey casting are very different animals:


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