BEWARE THE BACK CAST- or, More on Jean Dujardin

for the third time now, Pete Tyjas at Eat Sleep Fish asked me to send a little something to be included in issue 41 that came out last week.  this breaks the ‘more than twice’ barrier, meaning that ESF is kinda turning into a home away from home and i couldn’t feel more honoured because it’s a really nice place to be and i’m very grateful towards Pete for inviting me in.
so far my contributions have been fly casting related: the first was Poetry Grace Fluidity and the state of Relaxed Butt, the second on How to Loose your Fly in Trees and now this one about this goofy french movie actor.
here’s a preview-

“Fishing in tight spaces is always a tricky situation because casting and therefore fishing successfully involves thinking and more precisely, thinking before acting. What I’ve noticed in life so far, is that thinking after the fact usually doesn’t do much good because contrary to popular belief, most people don’t really learn from their mistakes.

Lefty’s still saying that God won’t let you cast this way or that, we still burn our tongues biting into a hot pizza and rap is still a popular music form…

When encumbered by trees and brush, cliffs, girlfriends/boyfriends and livestock, to get the fly out to the fish in an inciting manner the successful angler needs to look around and be aware of all those dumb things that nature surounds us with and puts between us and our slimy friends before going about it or they’ll just have to risk being as silly as the guy below.”

for more silliness briefly interspersed with hopefully-helpful mind-set casting/fishing tips click on the frenchman above and while you’re there, be sure to check out the whole edition for a more than fine as-always selection of great fly fishing related articles from around the globe. enjoy !

Fly Casting- Jean Dujardin never turned around.

fishing in tight spaces are always a tricky situation because casting and therefore fishing successfully involves thinking and more precisely, thinking before acting. what i’ve noticed in life so far, is that thinking after the fact usually doesn’t do much good because contrary to popular belief, most people don’t really learn from their mistakes. Lefty’s still saying that god won’t let you cast this way or that, we still burn our tongues biting into a hot pizza and rap is still a popular music form…
when encumbered by trees and brush, cliffs and livestock, to get the fly out to the fish in an inciting manner the successful angler needs to look around and be aware of all those dumb things that nature surounds us with and puts between us and our slimy friends. this Jean guy i used to go fishing with who was always snagging his flies left and right and everywhere in between once said: ” Nature’s a bitch ! “.
now, i don’t know about you all but i find that to be quite an interesting observation. however many times i might have tried to explain that he was seeing the situation in reverse, all the “bitches are just part of nature, they’re definitely not all of it “ didn’t manage to change his Nouveau-Hollywoodian constricted vision of things one iota and this stiff-as-a-pole Jean guy kept on banging his rod tip against lampshades, casting and loosing countless flies in bonzaï trees and he eventually died of hunger, stucker than stuck in stream-side quicksand… i can’t say i feel sorry for him because a) he was a bad actor b) he didn’t have any family or friends and c) i don’t like dirty-mouthed vulgar people anyhow so it all worked out somewhat well in the end, he got what he deserved.
i learned from his experience, gained strength through his weaknesses, dropped my silly french accent and learned to look around me constantly when i’m fishing. i hardly lose any flies and i’m still alive to talk about it. not bad. as a side note,  i’ll never fish in an Andorran souvenir shop again because well… there aren’t any fish in Andorran souvenir shops.