Turn it 90, for Tangle Free Casts

tfo-oval-logo3.jpgBy TFO

Casting out crisp, tight loops can seem simple enough.

Until you get on the water.

bob tangle

The all too common tangle.
Photo by Ed Jaworoski.

Than all of the elements and nuances of the sport come into play. A common on the water issue can be line tangling on guides or wrapping around reels and fighting butts.

However a simple solution can come from those whose livelihood depends on smooth, tangle free casts.

By angling the reel, line is less likley to slap the rod or tangle on a guide while shooting out. Photo Illustration by Ed  Jaworoski.

By angling the reel, line is less likely to slap the rod or tangle on a guide while shooting out.
Photo Illustration by Ed Jaworoski.

Despite the “oh’s” and “ah’s” that the tournament casters can illicit, some useful tricks can be taken from their competition casting.

One of which is turning the reel slightly once a cast is released.

After releasing a cast and line shoots through the guides, rotate your rod 90 degrees. Turing the wrist so that the reel is now in a 90 degree angle from its casting position can accomplish two things.

The first, it lessens the resistance faced as line rips through the guides. The line will naturally move up and down as it travels through the guides. If not rotated, it will slap against the rod as it shoots, causing it to slow down. By turning it 90 degrees, the line will come into much less contact with the rod, thus continuing at a high rate of speed.

Secondly, it can also help cut down on the amount of tangles.

With the reel angled, line is less likely to snag on the reel and guides. An all too common and time consuming issue.

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