SloMo Spey

from 2013’s Nordic Fly Casting Championships here’s a little slomo ballet gem staring buddy, colleague and super-duper caster Magnus Hedman from Sweden doing a left-hand up single Spey with an 18′ rod.
we don’t get to see the line fly but the emphasis here is body movements and coordination. judging by a lot of little details such as body weight shifting, the D-loop’s position and what seems to be a perfectly placed and very short anchor it’s a fair bet that line went far… enjoy !

 

don’t be surprised if the Hedman name sounds familiar as we’ve seen brother Fredrik’s wicked ‘Crouching Tiger’ single-hand distance style a while back. bad-ass casting genes in this family are rather strong…

a long-long cast !

just out from Akos Szmutni, here we’ll see him casting the soon-to-be-out (April 2014) 9′ 6wt Stickman T6 with a Barrio GT125 5wt line to 41 meters/134,5 ft.
he makes it look so disgustingly easy…

 

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ADELAMing

as mentioned in the previous post, i’d give you more details on this very new ADELAM casting organization in Spain.
problem is, and after a five day trip where three of them where passed with a crew of approximately forty other ADELAMers  i still don’t have a clue what it means.
even if i just became a member.
it probably has to do with how very little i understand spanish, or.
either way, i’ll find out soon because this is exciting stuff for the international fly casting community !

in the meantime here’s one of the participants doing his thing at sunset.
Paul Arden sunset ADELAM 10-13

a loop too tight

too often touted as the ‘nec plus ultra’ in fly casting, the ultra-tight loop can sometimes have its disadvantages as seen in Niklas Erikson’s video below. the image isn’t of best quality but we can clearly see the arrow-point loop-face consecutively collapse and reform seven times by the time the line has fully turned over. (ok, it doesn’t turn over very well but hey, this is championship-level distance casting… :mrgreen: )
kidding aside, this is a fascinating example of loop propagation study. of special interest as well is watching the caster’s movements throughout the delivery stroke. that’s about as ‘Oooomph‘ as Oooomph gets.
be sure to watch it in full screen and HD. enjoy !

Hi, I’m Stanley and I’ll be shattering your dreams today.

“Have a good look at me and smile because it’s probably the last time you’ll look at me without wanting to throw me away.”

Stanley the Enemy

how many times have you heard the gleeful chant “I just cast 30m/99 ft !!!” ? (with as an example the average line of 27m/90ft plus a 9′ leader) and that person believes the fluff-fly is actually that far from their feet ?
well, i’ve heard it a lot but since Stanley was usually missing from the equation, my reply tends to be a polite smile and maybe a “far-out !” for encouragement all the while knowing they’re usually 20 or so % off.

– with the average angler, in most cases the above distance once Stanley’d might be something around 25m at best.
– with an experienced caster (in this case meaning someone who has good to great control of their cast) that distance might be around 27-28m.
– and a distance competitor maybe between 28 and 29m.
please take notice of the ‘maybe’s‘ and ‘might be’s‘ above. there are too many countless variables involved to reach definite conclusions. however, my point here was to demonstrate ballpark proportions for the three groups of casters.

as can be expected, the one’s who regularly practice distance casting will be the most consistent and their casts will go furthest but there is a common denominator to the different levels: no one is actually reaching 30m. because fly lines simply don’t fly out and land all straight, taught and perfect. (or at least it’s so rare that it’s basically a freak incidence when/if it happens)
with our 30m example, to get to that distance consistently would mean being able to cast much further consistently and then ‘holding-back’ to reach the 30m smoothly,  precisely and with straight line layout: actions that are extremely hard to manage when trying to cast ‘all-out’.

of course (and thankfully), most fishers/casters couldn’t care less about exact distances, so this all is just a reminder of a common phycological state/belief  that things aren’t always as they seem.
thanks to friends like Mel Krieger who stated “The distance between your head and your hand can be a long way” and not-so friends like Stanley who likes to slap our egos once in a while, in the end both will put us back on the right track and make us work a little harder to live up to our expectations.
if you want to cast further and don’t have a tape measure, get one. as stated above, you’ll spend most of your time wanting to destroy it but at the same time, deep inside you’ll be happy to have this new friend and this one always tells the truth.

Distance Fly Casting seen from Above(a little lovingly nudge in the ribs to all my distance buddies… 😉 )

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Blooper-Loops

from buddy Roger Håkansson

far from being knee-slapping funny like watching drunks make fools of themselves or seeing puppies falling off of cliffs, this is as far as i know the first Fly Casting Bloopers video and as such i hope you’ll enjoy this historical moment !
on a practical side, fault analysis (specially other people’s faults… ) are an important aspect in understanding how casting works and learning how to not make faults so, apart from “D’Ohing !”, the avid caster can always try to figure out what went wrong.
happy day folks, i’m off to (hopefully) tease some fish !

Distance Fly Casting: Two very different styles

with very similar results.

here’s Fredrik Hedman and Stefan Siikavaara, both cool guys, Swedish and two of the better fly distance competitors in the world. as you can see, there’s a heck of a lot of training and thought behind each one’s style.
Fredrik Hedman & Stefan Siikavaara - tLC 'friendly faces'
that night Stefan topped at 35,6m  (124+ ft) in the very muggy Boson sports arena near Stockholm and Fredrik  at 35,9m setting a new indoor swedish record despite the humid air. extremely-very impressive !

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Distance, Schmistance !

some great insights on why being comfortable in casting a bit farther can yield greater success on the water by a great certified casting instructor, guide, and tongue displayer, Chris Dore.

a non-negligable positive effect in learning to increase your casting distance is that the farther one casts, the more each element needs to be known, well applied and well constructed.
think of it as a magnifying loupe, the farther one casts, the bigger the irregularities will show up and this leads to two things: distance casting doesn’t allow any kind of mess up, and… distance casting makes a descent caster a much better all-around caster at all distances and a more efficient fisher but more importantly when fishing, these acquired skills are performed ‘automatically’. they just happen. this removes the ‘how am i gonna do it ?!’ worries of the moment, we concentrate better on our fishy target and it all leads to more fun and it’s really all about having fun.

below, Chris refers to ‘homework’ and there really isn’t any better term. fly casting is an activity that needs practice to make better.
you can be a good historian without making history but you can’t be a good fly caster without casting. it’s just that simple.

“I tire of hearing people bagging distance casting. “its not needed here in NZ” and most commonly “all my fish are caught within a few rod lengths” are common justifications. Well mate, thats because you can only cast a few rod lengths. And how do you go in windy conditions? You dont? I wonder why…

If your maximum cast is say, 40′ and you come across a fish at 35′ then you will likley struggle to land a decent, accurate presentation in the slightest of breezes. If a reach, or other slack line cast is required then thats a definate no go. However if your maximum cast is 80′, then you could make this 35′ cast with your eyes closed, no matter the wind. 80′ is easily reachable for anyone prepared to put in a bit of homework.”

read the full article here and if you’re going to NZ and want to catch some big-ass trout be sure to give Chris a call. enjoy !

 

Fly Rods- It’s not what you have, it’s how you use it.

“The stiffest rods will create the longest casts ! This is a common assumption made by fly casters, but is it really accurate ?
What follows are the results of a test that examined this hypothesis by combining length measurements of distance casts with measurements of rod stiffness using the Common Cents System (CCS). The test utilized eight casters, all of whom cast eight rods. Each caster made four casts with each rod. The article originally appeared in the Norwegian magazine “Alt om Fiske” in October 2006.”


click the pic for the full article

some of the rods tested are pretty much obsolete by now but that’s besides the point.
what i find interesting here is that it boils down to taking the decision of putting your chances towards being consistent and collecting points that way or going for the exceptional cast and winning on that one cast.

i can’t put any numbers to back this up but i’m pretty darn sure Sage sold a lot more TCR’s than Orvis sold the T3 tip action series which makes this maybe something closer to a sociological study rather than a rod test after-all…