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a delightful blast from the not-so-far past from Jeff Kennedy and the much missed Drawing Flies 52 project.
i’m not the nostalgic type but Jeff’s and Jason Borger‘s fly and fish art collaboration where very special. their art is still out there, easily viewable for anyone willing to do a little research. i guess its the “what’ll they come with next week ?” i miss most.
(that’s Jason as in Borger and Brad as in Dork)
often branded as a heretic when i mention that i find the ‘River runs through it’ movie quite boring, this little gif makes up for all the mushy-sobby right vs wrong scenario, down-your-throat mysticism, alleviates us from the deep angst always brought on by seeing Pitt’s goofy face and shows us over and over a finer-than-fine display of fly casting excellence.
coming from Jason that’s of course no surprise: there’s impeccable wrist control, the whole arm contributes to the cast to create a straight line path of the rod tip, demonstrates acceleration to a stop/translation followed by rotation as well as any video i’ve seen before and it’s all crowned with a beautiful pointy loop despite the mushy-action vintage bamboo rod*. just beautiful.
* this last point was included only to point out that the current trend of ‘you need a fast rod to produce tight-pointy loops‘ is nothing more than marketing hype.
the pic should say it all but there needs to be a big woW ! to make it complete.
having The Limp Cobra and myself mentioned in Jason’s upcoming book ‘SINGLE-HANDED FLY CASTING – A Modular Approach’ is about the coolest thing that can happen to a casting instructor. to say it’s an honor doesn’t really my feelings justice but i’m sure you get the point.
in the making now for
what seems like an eternity the last several years, a completely reworked edition of NATURE OF FLY CASTING – A Modular Approach seems to be close to completion.
” I am continuing to flail away on SHFC, grabbing writing time as I can. Everything that I plan on including in the book is in the book, but not fully fleshed out. Some chapters are about 97-percent, others are more like 67-percent. It’s the 67-pecenters that I am focusing on right now, including the D-Loop chapter (Rolls and Speys).
I am still optimistic for an end-of-2013 finish, with the print run soon after that (figure that I’ll let the book sit for two extra weeks so I can check it over again, then six weeks for the press).”
bring on 2014 !
as a lot of us casting geeks know, Jason Borger‘s been working on his soon to be out (and looooong-awaited !) ‘Single-Handed Fly Casting – A Modular Approach’ book so we’ll half-pardon him for not keeping up with Jeff Kennedy and their Drawing Fish and Flies 52 weekly challenge but once again, the wait was worth it !
here’s a Popsicle splash
and here a Royal Wulff
one for every flavor, both gorgeous.
devised by Jason Borger as a visual rendition of Norman Maclean’s description “…cast hard and low upstream, skimming the water with the fly but never letting it touch. Then he would pivot, reverse his line in a great oval above his head, and drive his line low and hard downstream, again, skimming the water with his fly ” therefore creating the illusion of a bug hatch to a more than gullible fish !
(i personally believe this cast and it’s incessant ‘Shadowing‘ of the poor unexpecting fishes put them in hypnoïdal-halucinogetic fit and the only reason they ever got hooked was their mouths where slack-jawed, drooling with bliss and the fly managed to snag them on it’s merry ‘low and hard driving’ way, but then again, it’s just a personal theory).
thing is, in the movie itself, us casting geeks are left with a yuk aftertaste because we can’t even properly see the whole cast and as far as i’m concerned, sitting through an hour and a half of shmultz (yeah, shmultz. sorry) to see and try to analyze this cast in just a few brief, very edited micro-flashes just doesn’t do it.
now, thanks to this groovy gif we get to see the mechanical motion sequence over and over (me jaw’s slackin’ from staring at it !…. :cool: ) finally putting Norm’s poetic description to good use !
the word sequence is off or at least confusing, the ‘Galway’ part starts after the initial over-head cast, it’s the reversal of the grip that goes throughout the whole back-cast, but the motions are correct. ( i think)
sure, the Shadow Cast is more of an exercise in style and aesthetics than one of hard-core use on the water and that’s just fine because fly casting should be pretty and sexy. after all, Jason in his seminal book ‘Nature of Fly Casting’ describes it as: ” It is not how many fish you catch, it is how good you look doing it. Well, maybe for the movies. “
as i reread this i have to be honest. the more i think about it the more i believe the whole Shadow Cast thing is a retouched or special effects hyped-up hoax that never existed anywhere outside of the book. ever wondered why no one else does this cast at shows or among like-minded casting geeks or even display it on youtube ? i do but then i like make believe and this make believe sure beats the heck out of this…