Translation and Loop Control

In the past, translation used to be considered as a minor element inside the casting stroke; a stylistic choice. Fortunately, this view seems to be changing.
Failing to give translation the relevance it deserves looks weird to me, if only because being late rotation generally accepted as an important element in fly casting, the only thing you can do before starting rotation is translating, that is, you are never going to get late rotation without some translation first!

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How to Bend a Rod… and Why to Forget About it Afterwards


Surfing the internet the other day I came across an article that called my attention due to this statement:

Ongoing advancements in fly line materials and design continue to offer anglers ways to get more out of their casts. Today’s fly lines load rods more effectively…”

So I think it is worth talking a little bit about rod load or, as I prefer to say, rod bend.

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Loop Control Paradox (divertimento for curious casters)

Loop width control is a recurrent topic in casting instruction. Several aspects govern loop width, but “matching casting arc to rod bend” is what instructors use the most; so “if your loops are too wide narrow your casting arc” is the usual fix we offer. Continue reading