Casting Tips – Three Chances to Shoot

Exercise 2

The Pick Up Lay Down Cast – Haysie’s three chances to shoot.

Lay out 30 feet of line on the water and retrieve it all in to just a rod length of line out the tip.

Do a pick up and lay down cast shooting line on the forward cast only. Look for as much line shoot as possible. You are allowed three forward deliveries to shoot all the line out. If you hit the reel in three or less deliveries then feel free to pull an additional meter of line out and repeat the exercise.

Stop pulling line off your reel if you cannot shoot it all on the third shot. (the idea is to practice getting better within your ability)

Keep focused on correctly aligned and tight loop back casts. Focus on smooth long steady power applications on the forward cast. Get the backcast timing right – don’t come forward after the line has straightened and sagged. This is too late !

Don’t overpower the short cast – make sure you do it technically correct – more line will flow through the guides with skill rather than force! Brains before brawn !

The secret to great success here is to make perfect back casts. Narrow loops are good and correct alignment or trajectory are critical as is perfect timing.

Focus on smooth long steady power applications on the forward cast. Remember \\\\\\\\ /

Slack Lines
Peter