The latest breakage has temporarily halted my progress in learning the ‘step’ for distance casting and particularly the PULD competition. For me, putting a step into my casting stroke, i.e. moving from an open stance back-cast to a closed-stance delivery, can be considered either easy or difficult, depending on how I view things. It’s easy to make the decision to put the step in and to get my legs to move, however it’s difficult to realise any distance gains from doing so. Actually it’s really easy for me to actually lose a big chunk of distance due to introducing a quite horrendous tracking error, however I’m slowly ironing this out. Once in a while I’m now seeing some good casts and can sort of glimpse the potential that this technique has. Certainly if you look at the top end of the PULD competition leader board there’s a lot of steppers (or newly converted steppers) who have cast over 40m.
Whilst our #5 distance rod is away for repair, Tracy and I have been practising with the ST27 and S55 outfits. We’re really hoping that they’ll be some BFCC events this year, but currently it’s too early to arrange anything. In the meantime we’re thinking about starting another online casting competition/challenge. We’ve had some comments that out-and-out distance may put off quite a number of casters, so the next competition is going to be centred around a presentation cast. We’ll see if this gets some non-distance casters involved or whether it’s the same people who take part. The details will be posted on Facebook sometime soon, there will also be prizes but we’re still working out what they might be.
Have a great week,