always on the research to find quality, inspiring casting videos to share here sometimes leads to real gems that don’t fit the quality and inspiring criteria at all and this one might be the gemmiest of them all.
i can’t decide whether this guy’s a very good actor or… so, let’s just take it for what it is, something funny to watch and just in case it isn’t a joke, lets be sure to completely disregard anything said or demonstrated. enjoy !
as the Advanced Fly Casting Demonstration title alludes to, is this advanced casting or not ? well, yes and no. let’s start with the no.
the no-casters will be quick to point out that all this fiddly-fancy rod waving is completely unnecessary; its just ‘trick casting’ to impress the peanut gallery which would probably scare off fish anyhow.
fine. assuming that the angler has decent control of their rod/line/leader/fly combo and can place the fly to the intended target with reasonable regularity, then that’s probably good enough for them. after all, a good chocolate cake doesn’t really need a scoop of ice cream or sauce to make the cake any better does it ?
well, i’m the kind that likes good ice cream and good sauce on good chocolate cake. they enhance the experience, offer a variety of tastes with the overall result of having a more complete dessert. ditto for fly casting.
now, i know very well that all this extra fiddly-fancy rod waving in itself isn’t going to lead to any more landed fish and to be honest, i’ll refrain from doing all this excessive stuff when actually fishing but !, its all going to make me a more efficient caster if i know how to do it at practice time plus, its a lot of fun and fun makes casting sessions a lot more productive than doing simple, basic movements over and over again.
but why ? casting as Klaus displays in the video needs a highly developed sense of spacial and temporal awareness and the ability to act/move very precisely on several planes in sequence with different rhythms and speeds all the while controlling varying degrees of slack in the line. in real-world situations, these capabilities allow the caster to improvise in real time, a little plus considering all the continually changing variables that happen when we fish.
this is hard-core multi-dimensional traverse wave casting and one that needs visualisation before and during the casts to not mess up ! very much akin to Zen-like activities, in a sense, movement needs to happen before thought or maybe more precisely, movements need to happen based on pre-visualisation and not a more ‘traditional’ step-by-step as-it-happens method. i don’t know if that makes sense but i can’t find a better way to describe it with words.
so, is this Advanced Fly Casting ? you bet ! but when/if acquired, we can consider it a hidden skill set that pops up when needed most, when situations get tricky and we still want to stay in the game while pleasing one’s self and not the peanut gallery. whether we chose or not to get to this level is a personal choice and most definitely non-necessary. at worst its eye candy but its a lovely candy that won’t make us fat like the ice cream, sauce and cake… enjoy !
we’d already seen this same cast from Christopher Rownes in ‘A spey cast for dry flies‘ in slomo and here’s another demonstration of this very useful cast by an unknown but fine caster on the Kupa river in Croatia and in real time as it’s nice to compare the two. of course, Chris’s video is as always superb but i thought it would be nice to share this other video because it compliments the first and demonstrates the cast in a more confined environment. as a reminder, here’s the cast’s whys and hows for those who aren’t familiar with it:
” ordinarily, spey casts are reserved for sinking flies and nymphs or big deer hair Bomber-style dries that don’t require being constantly dried before being cast out again.
but what about your average trout-size dry fly ? wouldn’t it get drowned by being repeatedly dragged through the water during line repositioning and the subsequent anchoring before rolling out the line again ?
yes it would but there’s a way out and it’s not only fun and efficient but it also lets you present your fly in situations where you couldn’t have before.
from Christopher Rownes, here’s a single-hand rod spey cast version of what both him and Simon Gawesworth call a Dry Fly Snake Roll. the cast is basically the same as Simon’s, but Chris initiates the snake roll part from the right side of the body instead of Simon’s left, combining a Jelly Roll and a Turbo spey (either single or double hauling with a single-hand spey which just like with aerial casting, increases line speed).
as an example of this cast’s usefulness, on the video below let’s imagine that Chris is near the bank and has trees or rocks behind him and he wants to cast across the river. (the new video below demonstrates this situation clearly)
this cast avoids casting the D-Loop into the trees, enables to dry the fly by false casting left to right out of the presumed holding area of the fish, initiate the Snake Roll and cast the fly out towards it’s target all in one smooth move. a really nice cast to add to your repertoire. “
and a sexy one too…
side note: just to be picky but more of a reminder of things to look out for when learning or practicing spey casts, we’ll notice in this video that the fly leg anchors aren’t in line with the D-Loop/target plane but rather cross-over this plane on the upstream side. ideally, and something to strive for, is to place the anchor just a little bit downstream (reverse that order if on the other side of the water) to separate fly and rod legs just as we would with a standard roll cast.
the solution is easy, perform the Snake-Roll portion slower, start it with the casting arm extended and slowly pull it in towards the body while ‘drawing’ the e.
in other words, take it easy, don’t force it ! 😉
“15 year old George learned to cast a few weeks before this and was casting the Double Spey and Snake Roll for the first time… “
just shows what a great natural talent combined to a great casting coach can do. of course, it doesn’t hurt if that particular coach happens to be Ian Gordon…
this isn’t exactly new as it came out a few years ago (2009) but this technique is still quite unknown by a lot, if not most spey casters. i’ve shared it elsewhere and it’s about time it got more attention because it’s one of those rare instances where true innovation happens in the fly casting world.
created by Juergen Friesenhahn, friend, colleague, IFFF Master Instructor, drummer and all around good guy, this technique is simply brilliant and really stands out from the crowd.
here’s the situation:
we’re fishing flies on the swing with a 3,35m/11ft switch rod, the shooting head or full-line head is 10m long and the leader 5m (33 & 16 ft). without going into whacky gymnastics that puts the fly roughly 18m/59ft from the fisher when the fly has ‘fished out’ and is on the dangle. sometimes fish will hesitate and follow a fly and it’s a shame to tear the fly out of it’s view just because we think the swing is over.
a fly aint fishin’ if it aint in the water !
so, retrieving the fly closer to the angler is the logical next step and if it works, bingo ! but if it doesn’t we’re left with coils of line and to do the next cast we’ll want to have the line’s head out of the rod tip and maybe a little overhang. typically, this means shaking out or roll casting the correct amount of line back downstream but Juergen’s Snap-Slip-Spey alleviates all this wiggly line splashing rolling business (fish could still be in that area) and turns the set up into the D-loop a smooth, fast, suave and downright sexy move.
take note that first, to get the Snap-Slip right the ‘excess’ line made during the retrieve needs to be measured (mark the line with a permanent marker), that specific mark gets trapped under a finger and the rest of the line is coiled and stored by another finger(s) of the rod hand. the snap is done with just the rod hand as when using a single-hand rod, slipping the stored line as the rod sweeps upstream and the line hand comes back to the lower grip before circling up into the D-loop. as an extra bonus, by the how-to description above we’ll easily conclude that this technique is as equally valid for single hand rod spey, a little something for everyone.
fair enough, this isn’t the easiest of techniques to coordinate but with a little practice it’s a well-worth skill to have in your bag of tricks.
the S-S-S in real time
cool, huh ?
” It’s all quite simple, really… “
… and if you’re interested in more complex matters regarding fly casting (without the dreariness of physics) you can click the image for the Cobra’s complete fly casting archive or HERE for a more pertinent selection of reference articles. enjoy !
yet another ingenious cast devised and performed by Lee Cummings
“A method of switching from a down stream anchor spey cast to an upstream one Mid-Cast. This is done by repositioning the line ” and subsequent D loop” to the new delivery side by casting it behind you using rod tip movements similar to that of the Circle cast “but done directly overhead”.
With practice this cast can be used in swirly winds such as those on the video or to not commit and quickly reposition mid-cast to a new target, a useful trait for a salt water angler… The line lay for the intial set up was that of an aerial double spey “which is a downstream wind cast”, the line was swapped to the upstream side, repositioning the line lay, then a D loop was formed on the upstream shoulder , just as if a Snap or Circle cast was initially performed….”
underlined are the key ‘why’ points to this cast. what’s not underlined is the fun part but you’ll have to try it out yourself to discover that aspect. ’nuff said, this is brilliant. enjoy !
and if you’re still hungry, click HERE for a whole display of previously featured groovy single-hand spey casts performed by Lee. woW…
Ryan Buccola casting for an upcoming film by Beattie Outdoor Productions
no analysis, critiques, or tips today. this one’s just slow-motion eye candy… enjoy !
from poppa Tobbe Hedin whom we saw demonstrating the Bubble Spey yesterday.
” 12 years old Angelica is doing a C-Spey cast “
and a fine one at that ! what a joy to see, you’ve got a fine teacher Miss A !
Lee, simply put is one of the best fly casting instructors there is. he’s definitely a person who thinks outside the box and this is reflected in his approach, studies and development of contemporary casting. having had the great opportunity to witness several of his demos (and even a surprise solo thrash guitar mini-concert in Scotland !), what i’ve taken away each time is a sense of awe and great inspiration. motivation…
this video is an absolutely stunning display of single-hand spey casts. a reference for anyone interested in these casts and hopefully an eye-opener for all those who think that fly casting is just about slinging a line back and forth overhead.
casting and filming: Eoin Fairgrieve
it’s a real treat to see such World-Class spey casting from this perspective.
shot in both real time and slomo with a head and rod-mounted HD GoPro, Eoin’s testing the final sample of the soon to come out Signature Series Multi Tip Line.
Snaps Z, T and C, Switches, Snakes and his signature “Wind-Up Spirals. it’s all smooth, extremely well executed, powerful and beautiful. enjoy.