friends, this is Mac Brown.
what he’s pantomiming for us is rod twist through both translation and rotation during the forward stroke.
pretty extreme i’ll agree but this is what presentation cast research and development brings. simply put, if we want straight line layouts we pretty much have to have rectilinear movements throughout the cast.
when we chose to deviate from the straight and narrow we’ll have to move our bodies correspondingly but it’s not just physical, it doesn’t happen if we have a rigid approach and thoughts about casting.
Mac is one of the most respected casters/instructors there is. when he talks people listen. he’s so far out of the box that i’m sure he’s forgotten one even existed, he and a very few others around the world have realized and fully embrace the concept that there’s a lot more possibilities to casting fly lines than what even the most contemporary schools of casting can offer. sure, there’s probably limits but we believe those limits can be stretched and twisted.
it’s not pretense or hippy-shit talk. it’s simply curiosity and opening up to various possibilities in space and time and how we, the line and the rod fit in as a whole.
eventually, when the common perception of them as ‘circus casts’ wears off we’ll be left with a broader vision of casting possibilities. so much for the straight and narrow !