Casting Essentials: Vary the Casting Arc

Producer: Carl McNeil

Casting expert Carl McNeil describes the difference between the casting stroke and the casting arc, and explains how to adjust the cast and arc to match casting length.

Excerpt: “The casting stroke can be thought of as the total distance that the rod tip moves through during its stroke, while the casting arc can be thought of as the angle the rod or the rod butt moves through during its stroke.”

“There are two components to the cast: translation, the distance the hand and rod butt moves, and rotation, the amount of angle that the rod is rotated through the casting arc. There is also a clear relationship between the amount of line past the rod tip and the amount of casting arc and stroke length required to effectively aerialise the fly line….”

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