Tailing Loop/Sudden Stop

A tailing loop is one that drops the upper line down to intersect the lower line. Occurring on either the forward or backcast, tailing loops are undesirable because casting efficiency is lost and tangles and wind knots are created. Simply, the tailing loop loses casting momentum and doesn’t straighten the line.

An improper acceleration of the casting stroke creates most tailing loops. Mine are made when I suddenly start the cast with too fast of an acceleration and then slow the acceleration rate before the stop.

Correcting a tailing loop is done by performing the casting stroke with smooth acceleration capped off with a sudden stop. This sudden stop sends the line to flow out in an even roll.

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