What is a “loop”?
In fly casting we call the shape of the line in the air while casting the “loop”. The shape of the loop is very important. Here are drawings of the 3 most common loop shapes.
Why is the shape of the loop so important?
In spin or bait casting, the weight we are casting is the weight of the lure, bait or sinker, not the line. When fly casting, we are normally casting flies that are too light to cast with spin or bait casting gear. Fly casting utilizes a special line, a fly line, that is the casting weight. Rather than having the weight of the lure pull the line off the reel, in fly casting the weight of the fly line itself pulls the fly through the air and delivers it to the target.e Lesson