How To Cast without Backlash Backlash can be aggravating and embarrassing.Your first tendency may be to blame the equipment or your luck. The secret powers that control the bad things that happen to fishermen are really just circumstances that can be controlled.What causes those nasty “gobs” of line that suddenly appear right in the middle of what was to be a beautiful cast?One of the first things to do before casting is to test your weight to drag ratio. In plain terms there is an adjustment on your reel that controls the tension of your line as you are casting.The lighter your rig or bait, the less tension is needed. The heavier or the harder you cast, the more tension is needed. You cannot depend on this adjustment alone. You have to use your thumb to act as a brake as the line unreels.Wind your rig to the top of your rod. Hold the rod tip at about Ten o’clock or two if facing the other way. Depress the trigger button keeping your thumb on the spool to enter freespool mode. Now just slowly release your thumb and watch the line as your lure drops.Practice this several times using slight to no pressure with your thumb and observe what happens. You should notice that as the lure hits the water the reel picks up speed. This is when backlash occurs and where thumb pressure is very critical.Some reels have a spool tension knob, under the crank handle, that allows you to control the decent of the lure. If if falls too fast (loose) and it will backlash. Too slow (tight) and you can’t cast very far. Adjust this knob so that the lure slowly falls.After just a few tries you will have a pretty good idea of the pressure needed and the characteristics of your reel.No matter how good you get or how long you have been fishing there is no shame in doing this test each time you switch to a different rig. It is no different than taking a test swing with a golf club.Now try a few short casts using the same technique. This will help you get the feel of your rig and when and how much thumb pressure is needed.Before you know it you will be casting like a pro.