Mike Heritage FFF MCI UK

Fly casting and talking fly casting bollox

Popping Loops

I like loops, in fact I love loops. I watch my loops like a hawk and I have learned to read them, and so should you.

 You can tell if your backcast is in line with forward cast. You can tell if there is a curve in your stroke. You can tell if you are stopping in the right place, are you creating the correct tip path?.

 If you cast a rod that you are unfamiliar with you can learn its little quirks and foibles in just a few casts by watching the loops.

 You can create open loops, tight loops, top pointed loops, bottom pointed loops  (apparently. I have never been able to make them but I have seen pictures of them!)  round loops; the list is seemingly endless.

 The loop is a dynamic connection between one part of a fly line and another, normally the top, or fly leg and the bottom, or rod leg. Usually there is only one loop, the one that’s taking your fly out to the fish but there is nothing to prevent you from adding a snap or two and having two or three loops while making a fancy presentation cast.

 Loops don’t magically appear. You and the rod have to combine to create them. Correct acceleration and straight line path (SLP), and stopping in the right place in the right way.

 Learning to read your  loops help prevent you from just going through the mechanical motions, they help you adjust  your stroke and become a better all round caster.


April 8, 2009 - Posted by | fly casting, Flycasting instruction, Mike Heritage

1 Comment »

  1. Nice one Mike!

    I love loops too, especially good ones. 🙂

    Best regards

    Comment by Stefan Siikavaara | April 11, 2009 | Reply

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