Mike Heritage FFF MCI UK

Fly casting and talking fly casting bollox

The Long and Short of it

This is by way of an apology, I may or may not be able to put up a post this weekend. I have done something nasty to my back. I can work or lie down, what I can’t do is sit for more than a few minutes because getting up is agony (gets up, walks around, comes back, where was I?). That’s the problem, I lose track of what I was writing. Being told I have the brain age of an eighty year old by a Nintendo DS doesn’t help, does it? I don’t so much need brain training as a complete brain transplant, anyone got one they can spare? Actually, I could do with a whole new body to go with it, this one’s getting very worn out. Funny thing is I can still cast, I went out yesterday evening and did some gentle accuracy stuff but there was something on ‘loops which had piqued my interest in a distance technique so I had a go, guess what?, not a twinge, I was even getting some reasonable distances ( hang on, I need a break, I’ll be back, this is quite interesting).

 Over the years I have moved from a compact stroke to a much longer one, for distance, I just found it more comfortable to accelerate the line over a longer stroke rather than a short one. There are one or two notable ‘short strokers’, Steve Rajeff being the most famous and successful. Their short stroke (relative to the 170 stroke) means they have to use a much faster cadence than I am now used to, it’s a very explosive delivery. I have said somewhere before, that if I stopped my rod the way Steve does I am sure I would have body parts flying off, that’s what put me off trying it seriously. Anyway, it was a short stroke I was trying out last night. OK, I found it a bit harder on the arms but it turns out to be a lot easier on the body, no leaning back (as far), no moving the body as much at all really. If you use your whole body and a lot of lateral rod movement you are opening up yourself to a lot of potential errors, especially if, like me, you’re  getting on a bit and aren’t as supple as you used to be. I found that less body movement reduced this possibility by quite a bit.

 I have a lot to work on but because it is completely different from my 170 style I think I am going to enjoy working it out.

 Damn, I have sat here too long, got to go.


April 24, 2009 - Posted by | Distance casting, fly casting, Mike Heritage | , ,


  1. I had a bit of a fiddle yesterday too. Shorter stroke than a 170 but god knows what I was actually doing! Much tighter loops. Tracked way better and hit quite a few over 100 with the best 104. Not good for you, but not bad for me. Going to keep looking into it, and see how I can shape up before scotland. Could be interesting if this guy comes…

    Comment by Snake Pliskin | April 24, 2009 | Reply

  2. The great thing about the casters hitting long distances is the fact that you can vary your styles and still achieve stunning results.

    The hardest part for a learner is finding the right style and to work from there on in.

    Comment by Roger Miles | April 24, 2009 | Reply

  3. Don’t fiddle too much Steve, I still want to impress occasionally.

    Actually Rog it’s not about style so much as technique, get those right and them add them to your style.

    Comment by Mike Heritage | April 24, 2009 | Reply

  4. Don’t worry Mike. I’m not going to hitting 120 for a while yet. Not with a 5 anyway… I WILL hit 120 though!!

    Comment by Snake Pliskin | April 24, 2009 | Reply

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