Casting a Fishing Line
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Casting a Fishing Line

Casting a Fishing Line


Casting a Fishing Line

Casting a Fishing Line

There are two methods of casting from the reel, the side cast and the overhead cast. The side cast is the easier one to negotiate and the beginner will do well at first to confine his attention to this. First, the bait, spoon or artificial minnow, is reeled up to within about six inches of the tip guide. The rod, then, pointing appreciably downward below the waistline, is swung at arm's length to the rear of the caster and then brought forward with a steady sweeping motion. Up to the point when the line is to be released and allowed to run out through the guides as a result of the momentum of the swinging rod, the thumb of the rod hand is kept firmly clamped on the line wound on the reel spool. When the swing of the rod has reached a point where the line when released will shoot out in the desired direction for the cast, the pressure of the thumb on the reel is slightly, not entirely, released; while the line is running out the thumb is constantly pressed very gently on the revolving reel-spool, as otherwise the reel will revolve faster than the line pays out through the guides and a backlash will result.

The whole philosophy of the thing is in educating the thumb to regulate the reel speed and out-running of the line. Finally, when the cast has been made and the line is being reeled in, care must be taken to wind it evenly on the reel. Of course, at the end of the cast when the bait reaches the water the rod is shifted from the right hand to the left so that the right hand may be used on the reel handle. So, for winding the line evenly on the reel spool in the retrieve, guide it with the thumb of the left hand, grasping the rod above the reel with that hand. Casts of from sixty to eighty feet are quite sufficient for good fishing.

Camp, Samuel Granger. The Fine Art of Fishing. New York: Outing Pub., 1911. Print.

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