I think the unassisted one-arm cast was born during the pistol grip rod era. Short rods and roll casts were the norm, but anglers soon realized that these rods lacked the balance and leverage needed to manage bigger fish during the fight. Later, when extended butts became standard again, creating lighter combos with better balance, most anglers (even pros) kept using the one-arm cast. If you’re one of those anglers whose other hand is pressing buttons on your graph or popping Pez, consider using that idle paw to cast. Why? Because when you start utilizing the other hand to counterbalance each and every cast, you ultimately see less daily fatigue, fewer backlashes, and increased accuracy and distance. The only way to get used to it, of course, is to consciously cast this way over and over until it becomes habit.