A Passion For Fly Fishing

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When not engaged in the daily operations of Equipment Valuation Management, Inc. (EVM), you will likely find Dan relaxing while fly fishing the Yellowstone river or the Florida saltwater flats. He is an accomplished fly caster and regularly conducts fly casting seminars, nationwide.

Taught to fly fish by his Uncle Del Dubreuil over fifty years ago, Dan enjoys passing the pleasure of fly fishing on to others. He taught himself to cast left-handed as a means of improving his effectiveness as a fly casting instructor. This allowed him to experience again, the awkwardness associated with learning to fly cast, from scratch, but this time left-handed, and from the perspective of a knowledgeable right-handed caster.

Eliminating Tailing Loops
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One of the most common problems in fly casting is the tailing loop; where the line crashes into itself during the cast. Tailing loops occur because the tip of the fly rod first descends then rises during the cast. That’s it; there is no other cause for tailing loops. Among the more common reasons why the rod tip follows this concave path are; applying power too early during the cast, employing a casting stroke that is too short for the amount of line being cast, quitting the haul too soon and slowing down before the cast is complete.

Try these remedies to rid your casting of tailing loops:

  1. Double the distance of your casting stroke. In addition to eliminating tailing loops from your casts, a longer casting stroke will reduce any fatigue you might experience from fly casting.
  2. Keep your casting hand close to your shoulder, and at about the same height as your shoulder throughout the cast. This allows for a longer straight path of the casting hand throughout the cast: the quickest solution to tailing loop problems.
  3. Perfect the timing of your haul. Tailing loops arise when you quit hauling before your casting hand stops. In contrast, large open loops are the result of continuing to haul after your casting hand stops. It’s easiest to achieve proper timing by employing very short hauls; six inches or less. The objective here is to stop the haul and the cast at precisely the same moment.
  4. Never decelerate; neither the cast nor the haul. Always maintain constant acceleration to a dead stop. This will help to ensure that the tip of the fly rod will not rise above the path of the fly line, (concave path), during the cast.