Jason, Bradding.

(that’s Jason as in Borger and Brad as in Pitt)

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.

Jason Borger 'River' gif

* 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.

D-Looping with Jason Borger

MF in JB's casting book 12-8-13
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 !

Jason’s catching up

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
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and here a Royal Wulff 49dff52-rwulff-120812
one for every flavor, both gorgeous.
enjoy !

the Shadow Cast

have you ever wondered how this happened ?

taken from the oh-so-famous ‘A River Runs Through It‘  movie poster, here’s a very good example of three-dimensional casting.

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…

the Bunyan Bug stone

more fantabulous heavy medium fly art by Jason Borger

“This is decidedly non-traditional, thanks to my wife, Kel. We were fishing on a stream near Missoula (the River Runs Through It town), and she spotted this pale, flat rock along with a little dark-orange stone that happened to be soft enough to use as chalk. Well, it took her about two seconds to put the two together and hand me my palette. And since the Bunyan Bug was on tap, I could think of no better way to draw it (and with materials from no better place).”

Missoula, nostalgia and A River Runs Through It. read more HERE

“Nature of Fly Casting” is Dead !

and i couldn’t be happier !
after what feels like four thousand years in the making, Jason’s putting the final touches on his new fly casting book, a completely reworked, focusing specifically on single-handed casting continuation of his infamous ‘Nature of Fly Casting – A Modular Approach, which in my opinion, was the absolute best book on fly casting ever. period.
the prospect of an up-to-date reworked edition of this seminal book is for us casting geeks about as exciting as it gets (well, almost ! :mrgreen: )

” As many of you know, I’ve been working on a revised version of my Nature of Fly Casting book. As it turns out, I have actually been writing two fly casting books, I just didn’t realize it fully until last week. Originally, Nature of Fly Casting was a book that I wanted to really cover the bases—after all, the title simply said “fly casting” and in my mind, that’s a very big term that includes single- and double-handed skills. Only one problem: Nature didn’t end up covering as much as I had originally envisioned. “

my first series in hardback copy is on order. rest assured i’ll let you know when they’ll be available.


this image may or may not be the final book cover, the suspense continues !

the first edition all had a hand-signed note from Jason when ordered directly through his site Fish, Flies & Water

needless to say, my copy will always be a prized possession….

permits

two wonderful and different renditions of the same fish by our dynamic-drawing duo Jason Borger and Jeff Kennedy from their ongoing project Drawing Fish and Flies 52

Jason’s

Jeff’s


be sure to check out their other pieces by clicking their pics. enjoy !

fish and flies

from Jeff Kennedy and Jason Borger’s continued series Drawing Fish and Flies 52, here’s two fantastic drawings that caught my eye,  tasty treats for the eyes to start off what’s going to be an awesome week !
– Jason’s bluegill
and Jeff’s Adams