Aude valley
photographed this afternoon in a place i love to go to think about nothing in particular and even if that nothing always has some elements of fly fishing, today’s post doesn’t have much to with fishing but since i’m always interested in seeing where other people live i thought i’d start doing the same. this area is the french département named Aude. like all other départements in France its named after the major river that runs through it.

starting off in the Pyrenées mountains somewhere near the highest peak visible in the background, it does what rivers are supposed to do; give us peace, fill our ears with nice gurgly sounds and of course give birth and provide life to all sorts of lovely creatures but today’s little trip was about taking in the sky, something that’s a lot harder to do riverside, specially when that riverside is mostly at the bottom of often steep canyons.

dry excursions like this are a little like knowing you have several bars of good chocolate in the cupboard while not giving in to the natural reaction of reaching for them. happy in the knowledge that they’re impatiently waiting to be nibbled, they’ll remain untouched until the calling calls.

aude valley 2

Muscle Memory, Chocolate, Marital Sex and Fly Casting Games

“Muscle Memory has been used synonymously with motor learning, which is a form of procedural memory that involves consolidating a specific motor task into memory through repetition. When a movement is repeated over time, a long-term muscle memory is created for that task, eventually allowing it to be performed without conscious effort. This process decreases the need for attention and creates maximum efficiency within the motor and memory systems. Examples of muscle memory are found in many everyday activities that become automatic and improve with practice, such as fly casting, typing on a keyboard about fly casting, typing in a PIN number to buy a new fly line, ‘drawing with the rod tip’ to perform presentation casts, playing fly casting  games, or performing complex arm movements while attempting to explain fly casting physics.”

you got it, fly casting is just like sex or eating chocolate. you can talk and theorize about it all you want but you’re not going to be any good at it without practicing regularly and just like chocolate, it should be a fun thing to do or it just becomes a boring unproductive chore like marital sex.

anyhow… if you’re in need of some fun casting practice inspiration, i definitely recommend Carlos Azpilicueta‘s list of Casting Games.
to discover what the mess below is about and why it will make you a better fly caster/fisher, click the pic quick !

Carlos' Casting Games

Black Marlin, Fishing Solo in Weipa

not usually one to show fishing videos as other blogs specialize at this and do it better, i thought i’d share this one because it’s a little different than the rest. fly fishing for black marlin and filming it all by yourself isn’t the easiest thing to do…

the fish needs to be teased to the surface and  lured near the boat, the teaser needs to be yanked out of the fish’s view, then the fly needs to be cast to the fish while it’s still looking around for the teaser that disappeared just a second before. the boat needs to be controlled and as an added bonus, the angler tags the fish during the fight !

another out-of-the-box element of this clip is it’s music. some like tekno and some not, but at least  it’s a nice change from screeching guitars. enjoy !