ok, here’s a first for the Cobra. something that apart from being listened to on the way to the water has nothing at all to do with fly fishing: a six+ hour mix of progressive tekno. see, i’m going out to the river today and some unexpected chores have popped up, i’m not about to give up the first part but it also means i won’t have the time to write this most explosive rant i’m preparing on very poor online fly casting instruction.
anyhow, i hope you’ll enjoy this and if you’re into bluegrass i hope you won’t hate me. (rest assured, i’ll probably never do this again* so it’s safe to come back ! )
* (that of course means i just jinxed myself for eternity so, i guess you can expect more progressive in one form or another somewhere in the future… )
” Water dissolving and water removing
There is water at the bottom of the ocean
Remove the water, carry the water
Remove the water from the bottom of the ocean
Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by, water flowing underground Into the blue again, after the money’s gone Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground Into the blue again, into silent water Under the rocks and stones, there is water underground Letting the days go by, into silent water. “
here in the south of France we need to find good ways to keep both our minds and bodies busy during the long-long winters and one of the best ways to accomplish this is the all new Sensorsex Test with Two Sensors.
far from being some cheap gadget, the SsTwTS wonderfully accomplishes several (at least two) functions and does all of them wonderfully !
it keeps your casting arm in prime shape, ready to go on opening day and as a sideline, the sensor thingy transmits information to a computer and gives graphs and such about rod rotation, tracking, speed, translation and who knows what else all in the interest of studying fly casting mechanics and physics but that’s not important because it’s main function is that it fills your house with weird funk-like tunes from some bad ’70′s flick, something we all need on a regular basis but generally speaking, lack.
it’s creator, Tom Reidar Syversen A.K.A. SuperRattus from Norway tells me that it also sends ‘sexy feeling’ waves through the arm that spread throughout the whole body putting the user in a state of prime fly-flicking condition and awareness.
for the moment, and after some less than extensive testing, i haven’t felt these but he affirms that this happens when the wrist is well conditioned. “It’s a long winter, you know… “
soon to be on sale in the upcoming Limp Cobra Boutique, don’t hesitate to give a call to reserve your plug and play SsTwTS today !
squonker = squirrel zonker !
thanks to our friends Vangelis & Marzipan we’ve already seen how exciting squirrel fishing can be and here’s the perfect zonker pattern for this new and soon to be fashionable target species.
like they say: ‘squirrels of a feather flock together’ so here’s a few squirrly tunes to increase your tying pleasure. enjoy !
Creep: Unintentional movement of the rod in the direction of the next Casting Stroke.
Creep is a persistent casting fault where the rod is unintentionally moved so the Casting Arc and/or Casting Stroke Length of that cast are reduced.*
we’ll notice the key word above ‘Unintentional’. many casters are unaware of this movement and this is a very common fault with casters of all levels.
exaggerated for the purpose of demonstration, here’s what it looks like.
on the last forward stroke (starting at 30′), instead of waiting for the loop to unroll the caster starts moving the rod forward while the line is still unrolling toward the back and the effective casting stroke itself as noted in the definition is greatly reduced.
another double-nasty effect of creeping is the line is no longer in proper tension and that feeling is transmitted instantly to the rod hand.
all this leads to the typical scenario where the caster tries to compensate for the lack of tension and normal stroke distance by overpowering (shocking) the forward stroke over a constrained distance, the rod tip dips and bounces back up abruptly and he gets a beautiful tailing loop !
however, if we intentionally click the link below, creep is a good thing.
fly casting is full of wonderful paradoxes, i guess that’s what makes it so interesting.
when you average driving 40,000 km per year you get to see a lot of interesting and beautiful places and sometimes the beauty is more subtle than others. the one below i didn’t get to see at all but that didn’t take away a bit of it’s charm.
filmed on a french Pyrenees mountain peak coming back from a day of largemouth bass hunting in Spain with Fabrice and Loïc.
“We really achieved a lot for you know… a bunch of morons.”
dangerously close to following the usual wave of “check out these awesome hardcore dudes, god, fly fishing so intense !!!!!!!!!!” posts found on so many blogs and sites…
i wanted to share this one because they leave all that crap behind when on the stream.
most probably a sign of experience (oh boy, i almost wrote age) but for whatever the reason or reasons, it’s refreshing to see people gladly disassociate screeching electric guitars from trout. i don’t know these guys and i could be wrong but for the moment i’ll pretend by intuition is correct.
going to the water to “dry out” feels a lot better to me than going there to “get wet”.
second entry for The Jazzed-Up Cobra Contest from Marshall White -
Music and Flycasting
For me it comes down to one simple word: “Practice”. Not the sodden drudgery of pointless exercises, but the very personal quest for skill. Drumming, on its surface is the extraordinarily simple act of hitting a tight plastic membrane with a stick. Casting on its surface it pretty simple as well, we use a bendy lever to propel a noodley line through the air. One finds out quickly that both are anything but simple.
A drummer must keep good time, and so must a competent caster. True understanding of the temporal element of both art forms takes many hundreds of hours of practice. To become one with an instrument or rod is the ultimate fruit of those hours of labor. Only through consistent practice are the subtleties of our craft revealed. While virtuosity may only be the privilege of a select few, skill can be earned by anyone willing to invest themselves into real, focused practice.
So what about this skill we have earned? A skilled drummer can be the foundation, upon which a band is formed. A skilled caster will become a productive angler when mixed with water. We can now communicate with other dedicated people to create and experience art together; those communal moments can be sublime. It could be the lethal combination of a well practiced guide and caster on a skiff, or the tight sound of a well practiced jazz quartet.
Well, that’s about enough from me. I’ve got to get back to practice.
*this article was previously posted on The Limp Cobra’s first platform
“When you syncopate, and drive that casting rhythm, in the jazz style… well, that’s when the loops get tight, and the cast cruises for distance.”
nice how Kirk Deeter relates jazz rythms to casting tempo in this week’s edition of MidCurrent.
in a similar way that Ansel Adams described photography in musical terms, i always like to emphasize the use of body movements to accompany what the arm is doing when we’re fly casting. it’s easy to imagine how this turns into a sort of dance when its combined to a rhythm.
for the line to dance and sing we need to be the leading partner.