"It is imperative to remember that the path that the rod tip takes is the path that the
fly line will follow."
"Remember that the line always follows the path of the rod tip."
This is what we have been told lots of times. This experiment shows that things don't work exactly in that way.
The "line follows the rod tip" rule of thumb is A GOOD ONE FOR TEACHING, but it isn't how fly casting actually works.
For a video showing this same effect but on an actual fly rod, fly line and fly cast take a look here:
Just in case there is any doubt left.
In this example a faulty haul is applied late in the stroke. The consequent tailing loop appears just after loop formation.
Thanks to Alejandro and Mark.
It's all related to this conversation:
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A sequel of those two previous videos:
A fault around the middle of the stroke has, now, predictable results.
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A regular tail due to a late fault (reduced arc in front). Same results. As expected.
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