Earlier this spring our friend Tim Rajeff joined us for a week of bonefishing at Andros South. Your fearless editor spent a windy day on the flats with Tim, and upon seeing this picture from the day posed the very articulate question “Dude, how come your rod looks like that?”
Tim can actually talk intelligently about casting, and was kind enough to put together a little explanation of what’s going on up there. Thanks Tim!
‘Twas a Blustery Day
There are a lot things that go through my mind when I am trying to cast into a wicked head wind and rod flex isn’t one of them.
When my friend Andrew Bennett took some photos of me casting my new ECHO3 seven weight rod he noticed how dramatic the tip deflection was. You can see that the rod is fully deflected after the stop and that I am just a few micro seconds from releasing the line.
I tend to overemphasize a late power application and hold onto the running line until the last instant to ensure I have gotten all the line speed I can from the unloading (spring) of the rod.
So when you are trying to drive a cast into stupid wind, keep your hand tracking down towards your target, use a late power application and hold on for dear life.