the trout appear like “sharks” in the waves !

as you’ve noticed, i don’t put up a lot of fishing-for-the-sake-of fishing videos unless it’s about fishing techniques but this one isn’t about technique.
i really like and find this one interesting, not only because it’s made by my friends Paul and Ronan, has campfire explosions, fly rods thrown off cliffs, ‘experienced‘ far away gazing, porn-flick music and drunken ramblings of fish past… but it’s such an interesting mix because it’s extremely exciting and quite boring at the same time.  enjoy !

“upstream wetfly kicks arse over downstream wetfly any day”

Upstream Wetfly by Paul Arden

“Another thing to try doing is to watch the water where you think your flies are swimming. Since we are using light spider patterns, on a short line, in fairly fast water, the fish hopefully will have to bulge the surface on the take. With big fish you may actually have to delay your strike, but generally you should set the hook fairly quickly on these takes.

The best approach, however, is to enter a trance. Through intense meditation practices it has been proven that you can hook the impossible fish by leaving your worldly body, and becoming one with your mind. Wearing shoes with natural soles, or perhaps travelling barefoot, will help and is to be thoroughly recommended. What you are trying to attain, without trying of course, is a feeling that something is just about to happen and that you should do something about it and strike.”

sound good ? click Paul’s pic for more reading on what’s strangely enough, a somewhat obscure method of fishing outside of the UK.

 Paul in his WC Stewart outfit:
“Be stealthier than Stealth !”

Tailing Loop: a visual explanation

film-stills casting sequence performed by Paul Arden.

a lot can, has and will be said about tailing loops but before adding more  i thought it would be of interest to look at this frame by frame sequence because the elements leading to tailing loops are hard to see in real time even when we’re casting slowly and diagrams are often suited to taste. not only is it cool to look at but it should help understand this loop’s cause and dynamics.

Snap-Lift Switch Cast Sequence

here’s a very interesting photo sequence taken from a casting movie Paul Arden “Mister Sexyloops”, filmed several years ago. originally he had named this a ‘Snap-Lift Single-Spey’ but a lot has evolved in fly casting understanding and terminology in recent years so i changed the title because a single spey is a change of direction cast and this one doesn’t change directions ! it’s a Switch Cast (or Jump Roll) with a Snap Lift instead of the more traditional Lift and Sweep normally associated with the Single Spey.

a fun thing to do is to focus the eyes on one area of your screen and scroll down with your mouse or trackpad to sort-of see it as a film made in the early days of cinematography. i’m a sucker for watching fly lines dance in the air so that makes it specially nifty but it’s also very informative as we can easily see how the line evolves from varying rod tip movements, enjoy !

Sexy Loop

in this film stills sequence Paul Arden demonstrates an exceptionally beautiful front cast, his signature “Sexy Loop”. no bangles, no frills, no fanfare, the line is under perfect tension and control which means all the other elements that make up great casting where performed equally well.
this is as near to perfection as any of us could ever wish for.

have fun with your mouse or trackpad, speeding up or slowing down the sequence. make it go backwards and it turns into the funkiest back cast you’ve ever seen !