brainwashem’ young- Robyn

from grandpa Stuart Longhurst

“Next champion coming on… 3 year old Robyn showing her mum and dad what a distance cast is.”

too cute !

Robyn 5wt (1)mamma Silja had just taken both gold medals in the 15 and 16 foot Spey categories in the recent Swedish Championships and with dad Lasse Karlsson being several times Danish champion and all-around über-caster, its pretty safe to say her future looks more than bright.
Super-Silja !

Fly Casting a Rubber Chicken on the Snow in Copenhagen.


 who doesn’t ?

in a fit of “why not ?” (and maybe mostly “damned right ! i’ll showem’ it can be done !”), Lasse Karlsson is once again the man of the hour with these not-only-amusing but eye-opening rubber chicken fly casting sequences.
outside of the semi-absudity of casting a 60 gram ‘fly’, what we can take away from this experiment is there aren’t as many limits in fly casting as we might usually think and that a little practice when adapting  to something new is mostly a matter of a little practice and dedication. some little somethings to think about if you’re planning to cast big bushy pike flies or saltwater patterns. enjoy !

Bendy vs Stiffy – a study of fly rod action and casting mechanics

“My experience is that for a given line length (and weight) the caster uses almost the same stroke regardless of the action of the rod. Different rods certainly “feel different” but there is little or no “adjustment to or matching of  the stroke” going on.”
Grunde Løvoll

how many times have we heard or read that we need to change the casting stroke depending on a rod’s action ?
the typical explanation given is, for a slower rod we’ll use a slower stroke and a faster stroke with a faster rod.
well, this happens to be incorrect and is a classic example so common in the fly casting world where ‘what we think we do and what actually happens’ don’t meet up.

as we’ll see below, Lasse Karlsson has taped two very different rods together to cast them at the same time with two identical lines of the same weight rating. simultaneous loop formation, loop shape and loop speed are very-very similar with both rods.
if it weren’t for the excessive counter-flex/rebound (and it’s resultant waves of the rod leg of the fly line) produced from the slower rod’s heavier tip  it would be extremely difficult to determine which line was cast from which rod.
there is no adjustment of the casting stroke to achieve these equal results.

for the tech geeks, here’s the equipment info from the video-

“Two rods cast at the same time, same line on both, and same line length.
Bendy rod: Berkley Grayphite 8 feet 5/6
Stiff rod: Sage TCX 690
Line: Rio tournament Gold 5 weight
To make up for the difference in length, the rods where taped together so the tips where aligned.
The berkley rod is 75% glassfiber and 25% graphite, has an IP of 97 grams and a AA of 65 (so really according to CCS it’s fast ;-)) and a MOI of 76
The sage is full graphite, has an IP of 167 grams, an AA of 74 and a MOI of 70

Several things to learn about tackle here.”

and one of them is that a lot of ‘experts’, many rod designers and people in the tackle industry just blindly repeat what they’ve heard without giving it any thought and don’t seem to try these things out on their own, specially when they’re so simple to observe.
thank goodness for people like Lasse, Aitor, Grunde, and a host of others who don’t live in a box.

EDIT: someone asked what would happen if there was more line out of the rod tip and Lasse shared a variant of the first test, this time extending line whilst double-hauling.
the quick answer is: nothing different than if it had been done with only one rod/line. the casting stroke widens, the pause lengthens and every other aspect of a basic cast remains the same.
see for yourself.

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Fly Casting- Bouncy-bouncy, Boing-boing !

here’s an interesting topic from a thread i’m participating on a fly fishing forum.
since this subject has come up quite a lot in recent courses i’ve given, i thought we could talk about it here as well, hoping it might help those who have similar issues.
my reply in A

Q ” When I look at videos of instructors online, I notice that the bottom of the loop always follows a nice straight line when it’s unrolling. I do have that with my back cast but with my front cast the bottom of the loop is always wobbly/ wave-like.  I think it must have something to do with my stop on the front-cast but can’t get a good grasp on it. “

A – try relaxing your hand immediately after the stop. you can try this right now. grab a pen or just a rod butt section and pantomime the FC.
once you’ve squeezed your hand to make the stop, relax that squeeze. the idea is to hold the grip just enough to neither let the rod drop on the floor :mrgreen: or let it torque (the reel swings left or right along the rod’s axis)

later, do this with the full rod, (no line !) and look at how the rod reacts.
if you continue squeezing hard after the stop the rod keeps on boing-boinging up and down.
had there been a line cast all those boings would make corresponding waves in the rod leg.
if you immediately relax the grip, the rod stops it’s movement much earlier and we get a lot less waves. we call this ‘damping’

and this is what the effects of an un-damped and damped grip looks like. from friend and colleague Lasse Karlsson’s series of great videos helping us understand how fly casting works through high-speed video. (and some pretty good casting to boot…) thanks Lasse !

and just to to clarify this leg business, a casting loop has three parts:
Rod Leg– the line between the the rod tip and the Loop Face
Loop Face– the curved or pointy part !
Fly Leg– the line between the Loop Face and the Fly

some narrow-minded old-schooler instructors call the legs ‘top’ and ‘bottom’ but that can only be of use for vertical casting. they get completely lost and usually fall over when it comes to explaining roll casting, speys or simple side casts as they have to stand upside-down or lay down to not contradict themselves…

it’s baby day !

my friends over at Sexyloops.Se (Sweden/Scandinavian based forum of the Sexyloops network) have finally… gotten around to choosing the winners of 2011’s photo contest and mine came in first ! :mrgreen:
from the previously posted ‘brainwashem’ young’ series here on the Cobra-

“my friend and colleague Lasse Karlsson taking baby Robyn for a walk at the FFF’s first European Gathering earlier this year in Kolding, Denmark.
both mom and pop are FFF certified casting instructors and hold several titles in national and international fly casting competitions. Lasse is not only a FFF-Master but the first European to be on the FFF’s Board of Governors.
i often wonder if  Robyn will catch the ‘bug’ later on, but then i don’t really wonder, i know so !”