Snake Roll 45

This is how to modify your Snake Roll from 90 degrees to a 45 degree angle change. All the usual important things apply: face your target, line on the dangle etc. However the one significant difference is where we draw our spiral with the rod tip – or as I’ve said in this video, our letter “e” .

For a 90 degree angle change we draw the spiral perpendicular to the line on the dangle. For a 45 degrees change we draw the spiral slightly in-bank and at 45 degrees to the dangle, so that that tip movement, and therefore our anchor, is in plain and aligned to the forward target.

Another way of looking at this, is that since we have moved our feet, in both cases so that we our shoulders are square to the target, all we need do is to make the rod tip spiral motion square to our casting shoulder. This gives exactly the same result.

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Now that you can understand the difference between the 45 and 90 degrees Snake Roll cast, you can practise making the Snake Roll from 0 degrees to 180 degrees. Remember to always move your feet so that you are facing the target and to make the spiral rod tip movement square to your shoulder.

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