When we're making that cast, we want to start off with a good grip. You
want that thumb on top and a nice, relaxed grip, and that rod relatively in
line with your forearm.
We're going to start nice and low, and we don't want to go too far back
when we make that back cast. We're going to bring that rod up using a
little bit of forearm, then a little bit of wrist, and we want to stop
somewhere, you know, across from our shoulder or across from our ear, not
way back like this. If we come back too far, that usually sends that line
down and back, and it's going to end up getting stuck in the trees or in
So rod tip low, thumb on top, smooth acceleration to that stop, smooth
acceleration to that stop. Think pop to a stop, if you will, and then when
you stop on that forward cast, think stop, then drop. Stop the rod first.
That's going to allow that line to roll out and straighten out in the air.
Once that line straightens out, gravity takes over, and then we can lower
that line back down to the water and get that line back underneath your
index finger, because now you're fishing.