When the wind blows off the
wrong shoulder (i.e. onto the casting arm) it threatens to send
a low backcast into the caster. We have several
we can tilt the wrist
so that the rod tip travels over the
other side of the body - keeping the
line and fly away from the body and clear of danger
we can bring the
thumb up to the other ear, which has the same effect
we can cast with the
we can put our back
to the wind and cast backwards
we can cross to the
other side of the river/lake (!)
we can go home
we can hook ourselves
I have seen them all.
Most US instructors choose
option-1. Most UK instructors choose
option-2. And most stillwater fishermen I
watch choose option-4 (or 5). Although 6 and
7 are also quite popular. All the first four
are acceptable: number-3 being the best, and
hardest. The short coming of option-1 is
that it throws the loop off the side of the
rod, whereas with option-2 you can cast
perfectly vertical loops, however double
hauling is awkward with this second option -
easier with the first.
Many anglers find both of
these methods restrictive and lacking finesse
with the left hand resort to option-4.
Against the hard-core professional body of
opinion I actually recommend this style for
distance casting. Why? Because it casts
further than the other methods. Sure for
tight little nooks and crannies where you
have to wedge a narrow loop under some
weeping willow tree then I'll use
one of the first 3 options, but if a 40yrd
cast in a crosswind is your goal:- option-4
is your best bet.
One way of making the double haul less awkward when using option 2, is to haul horizontally
instead of vertically downwards. This is quite popular on the Continent. It feels somewhat like
pulling back on a bow and arrow.
What I don't like about this technique, however, is that the natural thing to do with the rod hand
in this instance, is to push directly against the hauling hand, and this is very obviously the
pushing movement which I dislike.