The number one problem I see with all levels of casters who come to me for lessons is slack in their casting line. It is probably so easy to correct most Casting Instructors rarely write about it as a problem. I think it is a very grave distance killer and needs to be noted.
When a caster begins to make his pick up and lay down average cast he starts his cast with the rod tip three or four feet above the water. Problem at the start, we all have to start our back cast with an accelerated speed up and stop and if you as caster have given up three or feet of acceleration it is like a NASCAR car starting in second gear at the beginning of the race. The back cast is dependent on the load of the rod to make the forward cast. The acceleration start of the cast is a speed up and stop lift and acceleration. If you have started three to four feet to late in the acceleration lift process you've cheated yourself of more acceleration . Please start your next pick up and lay down cast with your rod tip in the water for saltwater casts or just above the surface in gin clear trout streams and you will be surprised a your forwards cast rockets the line out of the tip top of your rod. You will have significant added distance and therefor more water to cove and strip your fly through in the feeding channel. Tight loops, Andrew