a Wind Knot in the making

by Takashi Kuwahara

always fun, inspiring yet somewhat whimsical at least at first viewing, Takashi’s drawings are also often food for thought.

outside of being a delightful drawing, today’s image shows us a caster that has multiple problems, the least being that he’ll most likely end up with knot(s) in his leader and a messy presentation because there’s slack from the line hand all the way to the fly but more importantly because this is a serious safety issue, his casting plane is still on his right shoulder even though there’s a hard wind blowing onto it. this is one of the best ways to wear a hook.
hopefully it’s a barbless hook and this guy will work on the Five Essentials of Fly Casting in the near future…

wind-knot in the making - Kuwahara

‘it’s the first time i’ve ever seen anyone smile when they do that…

by Takashi Kuwahara

snag smile TLC 2-11-13

i hope this turns into a trend.

drying off

by Takashi Kuwahara

false casting drawingreminds me of something my fishing mentor repeated several hundred times when i was a kid:
“You may think you’re fishin’ but that fly aint fishin’ if it aint in the water”

which also leads to this tip: if you need to dry off a fly by false casting, do this away from the fish to keep the flying line, its reflections and shadows away from their view. off the shoulder, side casting, whatever it takes, there’s almost always space somewhere around you to do this. when you feel the job is done switch back to the original casting plane and present. bingo !

‘Somebody left this behind…

another lovely drawing from Takashi Kuwahara that brings a thought:

when returning a captured fish we give it the chance to grow, reproduce and then we all get to capture it and it’s offspring again and continue the cycle.
when we loose a fly to a tree we’re giving another angler the opportunity to try it out and hopefully find success with our dearly departed, continuing the fly’s life cycle…

'somebody left this behind

Takashi Kuwahara

nothing i could say could do justice to these wonderful drawings so i’ll stick to one word: enjoy !

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Takashi obviously knows a thing or two about fly casting. respect.

Takashi fly castingfor more of his gorgeous work click HERE