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!
Tailing loops are very frustrating. Some of us suffer them mildly once in a while, for others it is a chronic illness. I know of an experienced fly fisher that produces a tailing loop almost on every cast. A fellow angler told me not long ago that I was obssesed with tailing loops. That could be the case, but I don’t mind. I am interested in tails because I see them recurrently in most of my classes, and think that the more I understand them the more effective I will be in helping to cure them.
As an attachment to the previous articles on tailing loops (here and here) now an exercise on diagnosing a common casting fault. You are a casting instructor and your student is getting a recurrent tailing tendency. I shot this clip yesterday, playing as student and instructor at the same time. After dozens of plays I still can’t say what the origin of the problem is, even seeing when it is produced (watching carefully you can see the slight rise of the rod tip and the subsequent wave in the line). Continue reading →