Fly Rod Casting: Reasons to use your other arm

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  1. GAT

    GAT Dumbfounded

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    I have a hard enough time making a decent cast with my dominate arm... gawd help anyone standing within 40 feet of me if I tried using my left arm. :)
     
  2. teedub

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    If the legislature reads this they will make us buy a second license and parking permit to use the second arm. I think there is a bill on the floor for this now!
     
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  3. wadin' boot

    wadin' boot Donny, you're out of your element...

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    Neurologically another reason is that so when you stroke out your dominant hemisphere, you can still cast using the non-dominant. Talking will probably be harder than casting.
     
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  4. TB

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    I'm in. I shoot ambidextrously, might as well cast that way too. Done it in the boat a few times....wasn't pretty, but I been thinking I should practice it anyways.
     
  5. ak_powder_monkey

    ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    You can't catch and release hatchery fish on the methow, and you can't fish after you take your 4 hatchery fish.
     
  6. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    Who says you can't. You can fish until your arm falls off. All you need to do is blunt your hook barb. That way you could probably catch a few but most will get off., LDR baby
     
  7. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide.

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    OK, I'm convinced. I need to practice more if I ever hope to get the southpaw down. Gotta find some place to practice where there's nobody eating popcorn. Will probably end up anchored in the far corner of a lake, where only the old crone with the high powered telescope can observe my folly.
    The good thing is that I can try to avoid setting in any bad habits that were ingrained in my regular casting stroke (and that I am working on correcting) while learning the ambi-cast.
     
  8. triploidjunkie

    triploidjunkie Active Member

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    You're talking steelhead, which they don't have in the UK and is a total different ball game.
     
  9. ak_powder_monkey

    ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    on a side note I've just learned to cast backhand and backwards and sidearm still having trouble with the offhand spey casts though...
     
  10. Rick Todd

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    As I learn spey casting, I've tried both a double spey "cack-handed" and also a double spey left handed. I think I can cast a little better left handed in that situation.
     
  11. rainbow

    rainbow My name is Mark Oberg

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    I was taught in the day to practice with two poll's at the same time. It helped me get the timing down. When I actually tried it at the river, I pretended to have two polls in hand but using the left. I have better luck with a nice side arm cast then I do with my left.