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Old 11-14-2012, 10:05 PM
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Lightbulb Aerial Mend - Casting video

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Old 11-14-2012, 10:05 PM
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gets good @ 1:50'ish
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:35 PM
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wiggle it..just a little bit!

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Old 11-15-2012, 11:47 PM
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:20 AM
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That's from the video "Casts that Catch Fish." That guy is awesome! Here is a trailer from youtube. (It's from 2010)

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Old 05-21-2013, 07:36 AM
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I always thought of it like a double reach...but my brain works funny like that. Its a very nice cast to have in the bag of tricks since it is so versatile. The wave (reaches) travel down the line just like a horizontal D-loop...the earlier you mend the farther down the line it will travel. Done quickly, just as you start the forward stroke it will give you a nice curve cast.

EDIT: Sorry for resurrection, been courting some casting practice sessions but I just can't stop fishing long enough, so I was trolling this forum, so to speak.

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Old 02-03-2015, 05:59 PM
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Casts are due to rod tip movements before the stop, mends are due to rod tip movements after the stop.

Consider a left curve cast. A left curve cast can place the fly on target BEHIND a wall because the cast curves around the right border of the wall. This was one of the casts that has to be performed on the Fly Fishing Masters Competition. It is a blind cast in that the caster cannot see the target from his casting position. Steve Rajeff landed the cast on target.

A mend even if done right after the stop cannot curve the leader and fly BEHIND a wall. The fly and leader will hit the wall.

Similarly an underpowered side arm “curve” cast is not actually a curve cast since it cannot curve around a wall either. It is a cast that collapses before it fully extends. During loop formation, there is a rod leg of the loop that is attached to the fly rod, and there is a “fly” leg that is attached to the fly. The curve in an underpowered sidearm “curve” cast lands on the water with the loop and a fly and rod leg formed in the leader.

The video states that the aerial curve mend is not often done, but I use it every time I want a dry fly to drift around the right or left side of a boulder to fish the right or left seam when casting from below. It is quite useful in selecting seams caused by obstructions in the water.

A good way to identify the exact depth of an aerial mend and the placement of the mend is to create a "mirror image" mend. Make a straight line cast across the conflicting current. Watch how the fly line is displaced by the faster current. The curve in the fly line will show you the exact depth and placement of the "mirror image" mend you need to place to negate the conflicting current's effect.

There are two other factors that need to be discussed. The first is that a mend such as the curve mend or a reach mend ALWAYS requires shooting/slipping line into the cast/mend to account for the extra line used in the mend. Even in a simple reach mend, if you do not add line to account for the mend, the fly will land short of the target. The video mentions this in passing, but it is a part of accurately placing the fly so the performing the mend itself does not pull back on the cast, causing the fly to land short. Similarly feeding too much line and too energetic a cast will cause the fly to overshoot the target.

The second factor is that aerial mends are performed in a 3 dimensional space; and all 6 directions right-left, up-down, and forward-backward are used in aerial mends. All aerial mends can be described by these 6 directions of rod movement either alone or in combination with each other.

For example, a simple right reach mend is a movement of the rod tip to the right and then down as the fly line settles.

Here is Jason borger performing a maximum right reach mend.

You can imagine all the possible combinations of rod tip movements and see them in your mind's eye. Imagine what effect it would have on the fly line and in what situations this might be needed.

When would you ever need a forward and up mend immediately after the stop? Stop and think about it then read on.

Give up?

A forward and up mend helps in performing a tuck cast. It creates extra vertical height allowing the nymph and leader to tuck under itself. So if you have had trouble performing a tuck cast. Do a hard stop with an immediate up and forward mend.

When would you ever mend directly down? That is how a puddle/pile cast is performed.


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