Re: Double Haul question with wind at back

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Posted by Bob Arwine on 2016-09-01 12:09:45 in reply to Double Haul question with wind at back posted by Jim on 2016-08-30 16:40:55

Hello Jim,
I have had the good fortune to fish many parts of the world beyond my local waters of the San Joaquin Delta. The Delta is famous for the "Delta Breeze" that make fly casting a real challenge. Often dangerous.. As with the other posters here, it would make our diagnosis and cures easier if you would specifically define the conditions you needed to address. I am providing the following in an effort to help you and your buddies in the future. Everyone that is going on a trip to a "New" location should put effort into practicing in the conditions that they may encounter at their destination, perhaps for several months. As hauling is the way to increase your line speed, you must become VERY comfortable with hauling on both your forward and back cast. You must be able to produce various loop sizes at will. Small ones on your back cast into the wind, and sometimes larger on your forward cast with the wind. Other posters here have indicated that casting "out of the wind" should review the research that was done at Woods Hole by Dr. Jim Edson. Basically, the wind speed near the water to about twenty-five feet above is nearly the same. The following is from the book, "Fly-Casting Finesse" by John Field.." If you're casting into a headwind, direct your forward cast as close to the water as possible and direct your backcast on an upward trajectory 180 degrees away from the forward cast. Presenting close to the surface prevents excessive wind drift. In addition, when casting against the wind, use adequate line speed by making a harder stroke and/or, a faster double haul. A headwind will have an effect on backcast timing because loops open faster down wind, but may stay aloft longer due to wind drag. Remember, shooting line downwind in a false cast might overload the rod when casting in the other direction into the headwind. This will cause a wide loop and lost line speed. Also, refrain from shooting too much line into the backcast against the wind or it can stall. Obviously, With your scenario the above quotation will be mostly transposed. As a certified fly casting instructor, I would like to promote the idea of you connecting with a IFFF certified instructor and have him assist you. Your time will be well spent.....

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