11 comments on “Some Food for Thought

  1. flyslinger says:

    I agree, and wonder why newer books have some very recent findings and then repeat older and wrong stuff 😮


  2. Marc Fauvet says:

    my guess is it’s about staying within a certain delusional ‘comfort zone’ but, how uncomfortable would it be to set things right for everyone, student and teacher alike, specially when it doesn’t take any more words, effort or any special degree of understanding of any kind on both parts ?…

    anyhow, its hard to put forth ‘new concepts’ even among those of us that are interested and try to keep up. a very good example of this is the recent quote of Lasse’s that i put up on Fb regarding loop control. most people just blindly jumped in and rebuked his thoughts without ever questioning themselves or even taking into account how good it is to always question what one knows.

    if fly casting knowledge is to advance, i thing we’ll need a few like-minded phycologists to convey the message… 😆


  3. Malik says:

    Hi Aitor,

    I agree with you about the bad role of “tradition” when old doctrine are just used as an “oreiller de paresse”. By the way, according to me, the expression “to load the rod” contains in itself a lot of confusion about casting mechanics. But we still continue to use it.
    And on the roll cast, I think that the “water tension” just helps to keep… tension in the line during the casting stroke.
    Best regards


    • Aitor says:

      Hi Malik,
      I haven’t used the “rod load” mantra in years! 😄


    • Marc Fauvet says:

      hi Malik !
      the easiest way i’ve found to avoid the “to load the rod” explanation thing is to not even mention it ! rod bending is just an inevitable by-product and i just ask people to bring the rod tip from here to there, a little more/a little less, a little faster/ a little slower, at a different angle, etc.
      i can’t see the need for more confusion… 😆


      • Malik says:

        Hi Marc, Hi Aitor,
        A good exemple of misconception in casting mechanics induced by the good old RLD (“rod loading doctrine”) — quote from a recent and interesting publication : «The caster begins the stop sequence by decelerating the rod and as a result, the energy loaded in the bend of the rod unloads, transferring itself to the line and the line overtakes the rod tip».


      • Aitor says:

        It is always good to re-read the Lovoll-Borger article entitled “The Rod & the Cast”.

        By the way, I like that new acronym! 👍


  4. Geenomad says:

    Yet here we are all agreeing the roll cast doesn’t depend on an anchor. :^)

    My impression is that people subscribe to orthodoxy for various reasons but principally because they are comfortable as followers and neither have, nor wish for, an independent mind. I think this might be where Marc and Malik are going with their comments. Once heavily invested in orthodoxy neither the sellers nor the buyers are keen to take a loss of face.

    The open mind welcomes revision, the closed one avoids it. Et voila.



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