Mike Heritage FFF MCI UK

Fly casting and talking fly casting bollox

Brain Fade

Ok, I must learn to stop shooting from the lip, or finger tip in this case. Aforementioned non entity may deserve an apology, or not, the jury seems to be out. Never the less he has a right to express his opinion no matter how off the wall it may appear at first glance. And, I admit it was only a glance. I think it was by about paragraph three I was apoplectic and unable to continue.

There are one or two other papers out there that are highly respected but they would leave me raving after five minutes as well so I steer well clear.

I can’t even read articles on the biometrics of casting without feeling totally inadequate.

 Now to something completely different.

 It has occurred to me that there is a lot of huffing and puffing going on during distance casting. Most of it totally unnecessary. The only explosive bit is the final delivery, the rest of it is just a bit of gentle line carrying while you set up for said explosive delivery. If you really try you can carry eighty feet of long belly line or DT easily. Of course ‘really try’ and ‘easily’ are an apparent contradiction in terms. But you really do have to try harder to use less effort. It’s the brain telling you ohh, this is hard, give it some welly. Trust me, it’s easy, even I can do it. Back off the power, just do enough. Practice pick up and laydowns. On grass you should be able to pick up seventy feet, with a great back cast loop, easily. Don’t hit the power too early, lift, lift, lift, flick/haul.

Has it ever occurred to you that you seem to use more effort for the back cast than the forward cast (when false casting), have you ever wondered why? Ok, you might be casting with the wind from behind and you think you need to power out the backcast. More power means more effort, means the rod is harder to stop means you may throw the rod back a bit further means a more open loop means more line for the wind to act on means poor backcast means brain says ‘must try harder’. Do the opposite; less effort, harder stop, tight loop, less wind resistance, better turn over, even into a brisk breeze. However you do need to be realistic and once you have found your comfortable carry in the conditions you are casting in don’t be tempted to keep extending line. Concentrate on getting a really clean turnover. Once you see a good loop turning over nicely then that’s the time to prepare for some huffing and puffing.


August 18, 2010 - Posted by | Distance casting, fly casting, Flycasting instruction, Mike Heritage

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