An Essential Trick
that Eliminates Tires Arm/Wrists
Take a look at the saltwater fly rod handle on the left. The extension
helps keep the reel away from clothing while fishing, but it can do
another job too.
Now take a look at the fly rod reel fitting right lower. Notice how the
reel screw locking device screws upwards away from the rod butt. In this
type of reel fitting there will always be a little screw part sticking
down below the reel. I use that as a small extension handle for wrist
support during casting all day.
I velcro the storm cuffs of my jacket to make
an instant wrist strap to grip onto the lower fly rod handle. This means
that when I apply the forward power stroke during the forward cast, I
have the power of my forearm applied to the rod, not just that power my
wrist can apply. The result is I can drive the rod faster and compress
it more using my supported wrist and forearm. this extra compression of
the rod produces a faster more powerful forwards cast, and I can shoot a
lot more line to achieve greater distance. This works very
well. Without it a small amount of give at the wrist at that moment will reduce
The results of this trick are all good. The improved shoot of line
reduces the number of false casts by at least 30% and I suspect by 50%,
a major saving of effort, reduction of casting tangles, and more time
with the lure in the water actually fishing.
This solution assumes a rod butt with a
slight extension of
handle/reel fitting below the the reel mount. So if the fly rod you are
considering does not have a little bit of handle below the reel .... DON'T BUY
IT ... unless it can have a handle extension added while casting bulky
flies or playing a big fish. AT the very least you need a reel fitting
that screws upwards under the reel to lock it on, leaving the exposed
threaded portion as a "lower handle".
medium range 15 - 25 metre/yrd casting, in summer where no jacket is
worn, an alternative is to place a
wrist strap around your wrist and the rod below the reel, and this moves
leverage onto the forearm from the wrist and produces a faster forward
power stroke, so important for shooting the maximum length of line, and
reducing the need to back cast, a major improvement.
Wrap it round the end of butt of the rod handle below the reel and your
lower arm just above your wrist.
This will now take ALL the load off the wrist and moves it onto the forearm,
which has far greater strength.
If you want a quick feel for how well this works do one of these tests:
1 Tuck the rod butt into your jacket sleeve, if it has velcro storm
cuffs, tighten them up to include the rod, and take 2 - 3 casts .
2 Get a thick rubber band, double it and place on your arm above
the wrist. insert the rod butt. Cast.
once. You will have your eyes opened and never forget the size of the advantage this
past, when casting into a wind with stiff rods
I have even used shoelaces
as a wrist brace.
They work too.
Don't make it too
tight. When we backcast stopping the power stroke abruptly
at 1:00, and then pause for the line to extend out and back, while the
line is extending in the air we drift the rod back to 2:00, usually by
"opening the wrist" slightly. There should be just enough free room in
your wrist strap to allow this flex and no more. This is coincidentally
about the space that a velcroed tight parka sleeve will allow. The best
amount will be clear when you try it for yourself.