Posts Tagged ‘wind knots

16
Jul
11

Fly Fishing & Tailing Loops

Tailing Loop

I wade out about as far as I dare. And, of course, the fish continue to pop up just beyond a comfortable casting distance. What do I do? Yes, I go for it. What results is overpowering my casts and a tailing loop and sooner or later, when it is totally inconvenient (I am in the middle of a hatch) I end up not just with wind knots but eventually a mess. What is worse, I don’t always see the mess, pressing onward and outward. Yep, there it is a mess and re-rigging time. Wind knots happen to most people (they say) and (they say) it reduces your leader strength by a reputed 50%. But, in my haste to reach those fish I push beyond a wind knot to a total stop in the action. So, I have vowed to slow down and fish shorter and smarter. Here is a nice little review of casting problems related to the railing loop at SEXY LOOPS

“The main cause of tailing loops (in Texas) is Forward Creep. Forward Creep is beginning the forward stroke too early. Anticipating the forward cast would be a nice way of looking at it. Either way it sucks. Your backcast is travelling backwards, your rod tip is travelling forwards, the backcast straightens pulling the rod tip under the Straight Line Path and you throw a classic tailing loop…..The tip path for forward creep is a Sine Wave.

Cure:…..If you are a complete beginner pause longer before you begin the forward stroke. If you are an intermediate learn to drift. Drifting is the antithesis of Forward Creep and is an important thing to learn if you want to throw Sexyloops.”





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