Bad back when underhand casting ?

MCXFisher

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As someone with serious back issues (2 prolapsed discs, one damaged & displaced vertebra, and no material left between the bottom 2) I have been following this thread with interest. Last year I spent 6 weeks face down making unseemly noises with a kilo of Birds Eye's finest on the lower back while taking large pills that did terrible things to my digestive functions. Yet 3 only weeks after the specialist told me that it would take 3-4 months to walk again I was fishing 18 hours daily on the Gaula, without any ill-effects, and without using a support belt.

The reason I was able to do so lay in a bit of advice from a second back specialist that guided my casting style. He told me that I could safely rotate in the horizontal plane, or bend straight fore and aft; but at all costs I must avoid doing both at the same time (it's called golf).

As a result I focused on keeping my shoulders level and my torso upright throughout the Spey cast, thereby avoiding any bending during the process. At no time did I experience any pain during fishing sessions or consequential ill effects afterwards. Moreover, I found that my casting improved. Whenever I woke from (all too brief) sleep to fish I carried out 5-10 minutes of stretches and exercises to loosen off my aged body before fishing.

As part of the upright/horizontal rotation regime it was essential to make full use of the lower hand in the rearwards sweep of the back cast, pushing outwards to enhance effect of shoulder rotation in driving the movement of the rod tip backwards. If you don't make adequate use of the left hand you cause your right shoulder to drop and tense, while putting additional strain on the right side and bending the spine in that direction. In other words it leads you into the double bending situation you should be striving to avoid.

In making those points I acknowledge the very helpful advice and coaching given by Alan Maughan (aka Springer of this parish) that established the baseline of correct style, which emphasized the coordination of left hand outward push and shoulder rotation in achieving back sweep with the minimum overall effort and loading on the back.

Accordingly, I recommend that to protect your back you spend a little time looking carefully at your posture in the casting sequence; avoid the 'double bend' and remain upright throughout; and make best use of the lower hand in the backwards sweep.
 

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Thinking about it when underhand casting with a snap t i probably do twist while bending (same action when picking one of my kids up from floor to hip). Going to give that advice a try this weekend and see how it goes.
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They usualy go straight on my shoulders and i can carry them miles like that with no issue as the weights centerd like a rucksack but have to avoid carrying them on my hip at all costs and only usualy from the car to the house.

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Rrrr

Did your name originate from your cries of pain ?

They usualy go straight on my shoulders and i can carry them miles like that with no issue as the weights centerd like a rucksack but have to avoid carrying them on my hip at all costs and only usualy from the car to the house.

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Did your name originate from your cries of pain ?
No, my name was me just adding random letters as i couldnt think of a username as i only wanted a nosey around the forum and then found i couldnt change it

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