Good movie Dry Rod.
I'm at the Daughters PC. She lives close to Humanity so we get DSL here (something or other) and I can download those movies.
6Meg on Dial up is about two hours.
I was taught, and I still do it this way, to keep that Thumb off the Rod.
Dawn Holbrook taught me that the Thumb up there caused an accelerated 'top to the front' movement of the rod tip as you go from the back cast to the front.
In the end, that Thumb causes the Rod tip to go forward, lower, than it would be normally, which brings the line down into the path of the leader, (which may not be all the way behind the fisherman)and the impact causes a wind knot.
So...you say that if the fly caster's doing it correctly, he's been patient, and the leader is already way back in the trees, the line is straightend out, and that thumb up on the handle adds a measure of power to that forward cast. (which is what I said to Holbrook)
He replied "that thumb is still driving the tip of the rod downwards as your arm goes forwards. When the tip should be going forward at a level attitude until the arm has spent its power and the tip heads downwards to settle the line onto the water." (as near as I can recall 40 odd years later)
I'm sure I'm not the onlyone that casts sideways as a method of fishing in the wind. To aim the fly under some brush. And keep the fly from tangeling in something over my head.
Keep the Elbow in he always said.
Well...I'm not sure I've been able to hold to that one, but it is good advice.
I thought it was kinda neat to be able to watch a movie on the PC.