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Tight Loops in the Salt

by Bruce Chard   |  March 6th, 2012 2

Louis Cahill Photo

Having the ability to form tight loops while casting in the salt will help in many ways.
Tight Loops help
• Control line in the air for better accuracy
• Help increase line speed
• Reduces slack build up in the line during casting and presentation
• To increase distance
• Fight the wind
• Lay out your leader and fly straight without slack
Whether you are wading or in the skiff a tight loop is vital to success in the salt. To form a tight loop you need to do the following.
• Have a straight line rod tip path during casting stroke
• Have a smooth acceleration of power during your casting stroke
• Have an abrupt stop at the end of your casting stroke
• Your casting stroke length should be equal in proportion to the amount of fly line outside the end of your rod tip
• Your Pause time in between false casts should be equal in proportion to the amount of fly line outside the end of your rod tip
• Your Double Haul Length should be equal in proportion to the amount of fly line outside the end of your rod tip
Follow these tips and watch our loop get tighter before you know it.

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