local fields between home and lake Carpo – Aude, (southern) France.
as the title suggests, this technique has several names but in my heart it’s the Wiggle and since i like things that wiggle… i’ll stay with the jiggly moniker !
just as in Pavel Kupstov‘s description and super-excellent video below, its main purpose is to easily and very quickly shake/fling off water from a waterlogged dry fly or emerger during the backcast lift without having to bring the fly back to dry and/or treat it with more floatant or powder.
as we’ll see in the slow-to-fast sequences in the video, the Wiggle sheds most if not all residual water on one single backcast enabling the angler to complete the cast and present the fly with one p/u and lay down instead of having to whip the line back and forth, false casting to get the same result.
how does it work ? just as with a standard casting loop, most of the water is shed when the fly goes from one direction to its opposite direction (back to front/front to back) but in this case, there’s a whole lot of direction changes before going into the actual backcast loop and this latter one finishes flinging off whatever water was left. pretty ingenious when you think about it.
the Wiggle also sheds water from the leader and fly line, something that will greatly help when using a silk or textured line and furled or braided leaders but ‘standard’ mono leaders and plastic fly lines aren’t immune to ‘water retention’ either.
in both cases, fly and line(s) won’t be spraying fish-spooking residual water droplets upon presentation, something to keep in mind in slower flowing pools or stillwater.
as for this pick up’s history and other names, i have no idea if other authors have talked about this p/u method previously but Joan Wulff writes about it in Fly Casting Techniques and Jason Borger in Nature of Fly Casting.
Joan calls it Horizontal Humps and Jason, Wiggle Pick Up. i might have missed it but interestingly, neither one mentions the p/u’s fly-drying attributes as its described as a way to effectively pick up fly and line from vertically oriented snaggies like grass and brush without, well, snagging them so there you go, yet another reason to add this technique to your bag of tricks.
as for how-to’s, wiggling is pretty straightforward but i always advise to start off the lift with the arm extended, rod tip pointed directly at the fly and start wiggling as you’re drawing the elbow back towards you whilst lifting the rod tip and then going into the backcast propper. this avoids ‘running out of casting arc’, leaves more space and time to get it all done correctly and smoothly and generally leads to a better backcast loop. Pavel’s one of the finest casters there is and despite that we’ll see backcast loops that aren’t picture-perfect but that’s not important as long as we don’t lose control of the line and flop it around.
last note: in her same Pick Ups chapter Joan also writes about a variant; Vertical Humps. basically the same thing but instead of wiggling (humping?) left and right, the waves are created by jiggling the rod tip down and up during the lift and since it doesn’t really matter which plane the waves are going, there’s yet another option for you.
there might be more but i can only think of one potential minorly negative aspect: all that spray goes straight towards the caster but then humping usually involves some kind of, ehhhh, nevermind….
a small round particle of a substance; a drop: globules of fat: her globulous eyes.
• Astronomy a small dark cloud of gas and dust seen against a brighter background such as a luminous nebula.
globulous |-yələs| adjective
ORIGIN mid 17th cent.: from French, or from Latin globulus, diminutive of globus ‘spherical object, globe.’
whether pronounced in french or english, i’ve always liked how that word just slides off the tongue. how it fits in with todays water gif is anyone’s guess but that’s the magic of being able to make stuff up for the sake of making stuff up. what’s not made up however is the two distinct wave forms coming from opposite directions crossing the main wind-created ‘current’ diagonally.
as it says on TLC’s About page, “If there is magic on the planet, it is contained in water”
not sure how and even less sure i want to know, but these two seem to go pretty well together.
for 372 more of the ‘for the love of water‘ series click here
click either pic for more beautiful and below for what may or may not be an appropriate soundtrack.
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 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…
this is special
from Fly Society Belgium via Jazz and Fly Fishing’s Shadow Cast Competition