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

Fly Casting- Shared Mechanics Concepts between Overhead and Spey Casts

by Dr. Way Yin via Virtual Fly Casting

always a bit dismayed by comments both in real and on the internet of how different aerial and spey casts are, this great article by one of the more knowledgable persons in this matter should hopefully set a few things straight both for the angler assimilating one method to the other and for casting instructors who have gone astray.

shared mechanics concepts between overhead and spey casts way yin
hmmm, sounds like The Five Essentials so commonly associated to single hand overhead casting doesn’t it ?
among all the other goodies, of special interest is Way’s disassociating views between the standard roll cast and the delivery/forward cast of a spey cast.
we tend to define a spey cast as a ‘change of direction line move followed by a roll cast’ but maybe it’s time to rethink the last part a little.

way yin 2


EDIT
– there was more to Yin’s article via a link when this article was published but that site doesn’t exist anymore. sad indeed but we’ll just have to do with what we have.
nevertheless, the condensed version still leaves a lot of food for thought.

Fly Casting- Bruce Richards helps prepare the IFFF-Certified Casting Instructor Certification

via Silver Creek Outfitters

of great interest for CCI candidates, the following videos should also be of help for anglers working on understanding good and bad casts and upping their casting game.

first, an introduction of the IFFF by Rick Williams and candidate expectations by Bruce Richards, both Casting Board of Governors.

without going through the complete exam, Bruce demonstrates and explains a whole host of information any candidate will benefit from. take special note of The Six Step Method and how everything relates to The Five Essentials.
if a candidate fully understands and knows how to explain and demonstrate those two then they’re more than half way there.