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When a fly rod unloads it often recoils, this in turn sends wiggles down the bottom leg of the casting loop. A well dampened rod doesn't bounces very little. The best way to check for this is to stop hard into a backcast and rotate your head to have a look at the result. Relaxing your hand immediately after the stop helps to dampen a rod, however it is infinitely better to buy a decent rod in the first place. Check out the Sexyrod article.

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