Pull-back is often described as “reversed torque” – I think it is fairly clear in the movie how to make it. The reasons for doing this are to set a tighter loop than otherwise, as well as for overpowered curves and tuck-casts. I also make considerable use of it in distance casting, and in particular for setting a tight loop on the backcast following a long-length of pick-up. Pull-back is a more advanced technique. It is how to set a tight forward loop on a Static or Dynamic Roll Cast – in all the Spey Casts that are coming I am using it.
It is a subtle movement – it is not a double movement but rather blends into the stop. It is the stop, or to be more precise a reversal of motion, and since it happens while the rod is still bent during the Casting Stroke, it is part of the Casting Stroke. Yes it can continue beyond Rod Straight Position and some instructors will then call it a Mend or Cast-Mend, but the important bit IMO happens during the Cast.
In my rod reviews video I describe that there are essentially three ways to “stop” the rod; hard stop, pull-back and “stopless”.
The rod in this video that I’m so excited about is the Sexyloops Hot Torpedo 6 Instructor. This was the final prototype version that we released 5 years ago as our HT6, both Pro and Instructor versions. Here at Sexyloops we not only design and manufacture fly rods, but very importantly we teach you how to cast and fish them.
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