After spending quite a lot of time in front of the Hula hoop casting, or attempting to cast loops through it, I think I need to qualify some of my statements in my previous post when I first started. I said I found the easiest way to get a loop to pass through was throw an ultra tight loop that was almost tailing or near tailing and I wasn’t sure that could be helpful. But after doing quite a bit of casting at the hoop I have learned that if I concentrate on casting a loop through with good form, the practice really helps point out a lot of issues. I have been learning to apply just the right amount of haul strength, timing the haul better and using exactly the right rod plane while controlling my tracking. In fact, as soon as I release I know whether my loop will pass through the hula hoop because the practice has given me that “feel”. I have no doubt that the practice has improved my casting.
The hula hoop practice also demonstrates the differences in fly line and rods. Each set of tackle has its own feel when you start casting consistently through the hoop.
In short, I highly recommend it, just don’t treat getting a loop through as the goal, try casting it through with good form and it will help.
Short casting hack for the “Samurai” System.
When the “Samurai” System is being used for sight casting, the stripping bucket will be loaded with 40 to 50 feet of fly line and the flyrod will be “cocked and locked” in the rod holder. When a fish is sighted, one puts the paddle in the holder, reaches back, pulls the rod from the holder and passes it to the casting hand. The fly line of course will have been loaded or stacked in the bucket “FILO” or “first in, last out”. That means when one grabs the rod and pulls it out to begin a cast, about three feet of the line closest to the reel is underneath all that line in the bucket. That line has to come out from under the stack, which can disturb the line in the bucket if it comes out too quickly.
I found this issue when I was practicing as occasionally a clump of line would come out of the bucket when I began false casting. I finally realized it was due to the line being pulled out from underneath the stack of line, sometimes hurriedly, disturbing the order of the stacked line.
My solution is that after I lock the flyline in the rod holder grommet, I just carefully grip on the line exiting from the reel and ease out about three feet of it from under the stack and lay it loose on top of the stack. That way when I pull the rod out, the line closest to the reel doesn’t disturb the stacked coils in the bucket.
Slow is smooth and smooth is fast. See the fish, catch the fish.