Tensioned fall or free fall?



I’ve always thought that my readers are my best editors.

One day I posted my comment in reply to someone’s comment. And Kitidas picked up on it.

Hi Totos,
Your answer to Sameh is very important piece of advice that should be shared to all novice slow pitch jiggers. Please put it on the “Techniques” section of JAS.
Kitidas P.

Yes, sir, my editor. It goes right up on the directory.

And here it is.

But not just like I wrote then, I am stepping into it a little deeper.

on slow pitch short jerks or long jerks when jig is on way down, should line be stretched (rod controlling its speed down) or line not stretched (rod exceeding the jig down, line not stretched) and free falling naturally)?

The initial drop down to the bottom should be as fast as it can be. Because the slow pitch jigs are usually slow to fall as it performs all the actions on the way down. When it falls slow, the current takes away the line and you’ll get the line slack when you start your actions. Adjust your mechanical break and use your thumbing to find the fastest fall. It’s usually faster with a little tension. Because when the jig is free to fall, it can play on its side and do actions where they are totally unnecessary.


Rector is a good example. Rector is the slowest to fall in SFC jigs. It is not meant to be used in strong current. But it’s so effective to invite bites on the fall. On the initial drop down, it falls like a falling leaf. It falls to push down the water, suddenly starts sliding to the side, it suspends at the end of the slide, and then it starts falling again. If you don’t do thumbing to give a little tension to the line, just the free fall will give you backlash. But then when it falls like 30 meters, you don’t have to give thumbing any more. Why?


Why is it that you don’t have to give thumbing when the jig falls to certain depth?


Yes, sir.

Because the line catches the water influence and that gives enough tension on the line.

Once you touch the bottom and start your actions, the standard technique is the opposite.

You want the jig to make actions as it falls. You give the lifts, and the jig hangs in the water and hesitating, wobbling, falling, sliding, flashing… You don’t want to put on tension. However, we don’t think it’s a good idea to lower the rod tip faster than the jig and give line slack on the water. Contact can come anytime during the fall. Lower the tip at the same speed of the jig, so that you have mutual tension on the line, not too tight, not too loose. Ready to strike anytime. This way, you don’t have to worry about the line catching the rod guides for a big trouble.

But there is always non-standard technique, especially in the longfall tactic, which is to give a little tension on the fall. Remember a little tension speeds up the fall. In longfall, the lifts should be slow and simple. And then the jig hurries back down like a bait going back to a hide. It’s a hesitating move of the bait. A sign of weakness, biologically. Giving a little tension on the fall changes the fall actions, and it can be very effective sometimes. It creates “change of pace” with slow lifts and fast falls.

So, free fall or tensioned fall? Either is right or wrong. Just feel the jig move and enjoy dancing.

I hope you find this article informative and helpful to you!

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  1. Karim Arafa
    Karim Arafa03-12-2017

    Thanks Totos for the detailed explanation, this question is one among many that I can find no resources for except trial and error, and this amazing website JAS. keep the good spirit and share the knowledge.

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