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 multi-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 !…. ) 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. “
what Jason carefully omitted in that statement is that creative sexy casting leads to a lot of stream-side fun that has nothing to do with fishing…
i know full well most fly anglers aren’t in the least bit interested in casting or heaven forbid, including anything that might be considered creative so, for all those that like it plain, simple, wishy-washy old-school and boring, i’m sure you’ll rock on this…