Stay focused!

Photo by Álvaro G. Santillán

“Every time you cast you are training yourself. If you train yourself incorrectly, then you have to both unlearn that incorrect training and relearn the correct one. Why waste your time?”

Jason Borger

Practice is the only way of getting better, but firing cast after cast without giving them a second thought is counterproductive. Learn to analyze line shapes and stay focused on them on every cast. Excessively wide loops, unintended waves, tracking faults… should be identified and its source diagnosed; after that, try again, focusing on correcting the motion lying behind that fault.
Better to make 100 conscious casts in a session than 1.000 while staring holes in the air.
As I like to say to my students:

If you keep training your faults you’ll eventually get perfect mistakes.

What? Delayed Rotation You Say?

We call casting stroke to the motion described by our arm and hand to propel our rod butt during the cast. In this way, we talk about back and forward casting strokes.
The casting stroke has two main characteristics:

  • It has to be an accelerated motion, that is, the speed of the rod butt should be increasing over time.
  • It is comprised of two different elements: translation and rotation.
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Nothing New Under the Sun II

Some of the many versions of australian aboriginal woomera

Stroke length and stroke angle —or translation and rotation, if you choose to be more technical— are two of the key elements of the casting stroke. Good technique asks for those two elements to be used in the proper sequence —that is, starting with translation only and applying rotation at the end of the stroke—, what has been called delayed rotation, although my mate Bernd Ziesche prefers to say:

“It is not delayed rotation, it is rotation at the right time.”

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About the Angle

Excessive angle of attack

An interesting week with two Spey casting sessions for a family of enthusiastic anglers is over.
As usual I shot some slow motion video clips. And, as it normally happens, slow motion shows again interesting casting aspects that, analysed, help enormously in our understanding of the mechanics and in improving our technique. When editing those clips I have found a good example of a slipping anchor, caused by an error related to the angle of attack of the dead line in the D loop, that deserves some comments.

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Ángulo de ataque

Ángulo de ataque excesivo

Termina una semana interesante con dos estupendas sesiones de Spey para una familia de pescadores con muchas ganas de aprender.
Como de costumbre en mis cursos no podían faltar algunas tomas de vídeo de alta velocidad. Y, como también suele ser habitual, la cámara lenta vuelve a mostrar aspectos interesantes del lanzado que, analizados, ayudan enormemente a comprender la mecánica, y a mejorar nuestra técnica. Editando los clips en cuestión me he encontrado con un buen ejemplo de un ancla patinada, originada por un error de ejecución que merece ser estudiado, y que tiene que ver con el ángulo de ataque de la línea muerta.

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Cómo “cargar” la caña… y porqué olvidarse de ello después


Navegando por la red me topé con un artículo el otro día que me llamó especialmente la atención, debido a esta curiosa afirmación:

Los continuos avances en materiales y diseño ofrecen a los pescadores la forma de sacar más partido a sus lances. Las líneas actuales cargan las cañas de forma más efectiva…”

Esto, que en sí mismo es un sinsentido, me recordó a su vez la confusión que se ha creado en el ámbito del lanzado debido al sobrevalorado —y malinterpretado— concepto de “carga de la caña”.

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