First assemble your outfit. Tie on a practice plug (cheap insurance againstÂ hooking yourself or orthers while you learn) with an improved clinch knot and set the drag.
Hold the rod with your dominant hand. The reel should be below the rod. The reel foot usually goes between your middle finger and your ring finger, but if it feels better (more balanced) between other fingers, go with that.
Pull out or reel in line until you have about six inches of line hanging out of the tip top. Turn the handle slowly until the line roller is directly underneath your index finger.
Hold the line against the rod with the crook of your index finger.
Open the bail with your other hand.
Point the rod at your target.
In one smooth motion bring the rod up to vertical.
The plug went straight up into the air.
Solution: You released the line too early. Wait a little longer to release the line.
Problem: The plug crashed at your feet.
Solution: You released the line too late. Release the line sooner.
Close the bail with your free hand.
Congratulations! You now know how to cast a spinning rod. You will get more out of your practice time if you set up a real target to aim for: use a paper plate on the ground, a hulla-hoop, ect. The more you practice now, the less time you’ll spend getting your lures out of trees later.