” The definition of a fly rod – an antenna which transmits peace, tranquility, excitement, fellow-ship, and most of all, an awareness and appreciation for the outdoors ”

– author unknown via Joan Wulff’s recently published book: New Fly-Casting Techniques

mickey's magic wand

when reading these words, the innocent bystander or hopeless romantic might think that a fly rod is something akin to a magical wand, maybe even something that has a soul, character, personality.
and then, the pragmatic who’s given some thought to these matters might probably start off thinking “what a load of c**p !” and then move on to describe a fly rod as a tool that makes casting the line easier than by hand, that it helps to control this line (and leader and fly) when in it’s on or in the water and then if all goes well, a cushioning lever to fight a fish when its hooked: a means to an end.

of course, i’ll be the first to agree and add that because of this ‘magic wand’, i kind of think it’s made me a better person on many different levels and throughout the years and travels i’ve made many and very good and close friends. i don’t like the ‘best friend’ concept but there is indeed this common denominator among those that might fit that bill: the fly rod.
most of them are quite bright in spirit and also share all the good and soul-healthy/good karma values mentioned in the title quote, but to be honest, they happen to be a minority and there’s just as many narrow-minded, selfish and conceited idiots who happen to carry a fly rod around as there are in seemingly any other activity.
‘best not to judge a person by their rod…

Joan, again and again and again !

what a treat for the fly casting world ! Joan Wolff’s at it again, this time with new and up to date casting techniques.
the first edition ‘Fly Casting Techniques’ was and still is a great inspiration of mine and was part of my study materials for my instructor exams. sure, there’s a few quirky things like ‘power-snap’, ‘constant pressure’ and other terms or explanations  i don’t really agree with but there’s no problem there because it’s just not possible for me to completely agree with anyone…
there’s so much more to gain through her words and descriptions that it would be a shame to get too picky.
i’ll be getting one soon and will follow up with a review.

” In its first edition, Joan Wulff’s Fly-Casting Techniques became an instant classic, revolutionizing the art form of fly casting and changing how an entire generation approached the sport. Now, with Joan Wulff’s New Fly Casting Techniques, Joan brings her pioneering set of casting “mechanics” to a new audience, offering precise descriptive terms for every part of the cast. Sections are included on improving accuracy and distance, loop control, shooting lines, aerial mending, the double haul, correcting common mistakes, and more. With improvements and refinements on her original techniques, and with a set of extraordinary drawings by David Shepherd.”

sound good ? get it here.