Bloody L (bird’s-eye view)

Fishing on Gaula

Bloody L is the name that Simon Gawesworth gave to that line configuration in which the anchor of a Spey cast is at right angles with the rest of the fly leg of the D-Loop. It is a very inefficient anchor shape as it wastes energy from the delivery cast as the fly leg of the delivery loop tries to lift the anchor from the water; it may make the fly to fall short of its target.

Here is a bloody L in full glory, although it didn’t make that short cast fail. The dolphin nose is a nice one, though.

7 comments on “Bloody L (bird’s-eye view)

  1. Eugene Geppert says:

    What fault did you use to cause this bloody L? A deep dip during the D loop sweep? A very slow D loop sweep (I didn’t see that on the video)? Too much body rotation? Too much rod tip speed at the end of the D loop sweep?


  2. tonyking74 says:

    I don’t see an L as a problem as long as the delivery stroke straightens it, as seems to be the case in your birds eye veiw


    • Aitor says:

      Yes, it worked because the cast was a shortish one and the angled part was just the leader. With a longer cast and part of the line at right angles with the delivery trajectory…


      • tonyking74 says:

        It looked like quite a short head so would the same not apply with a longer cast?


      • Aitor says:

        It was a 10 m long head, yes.
        The main problem with the bloody L is that it increases the friction between anchor and water, eating up line speed needed for the delivery cast. If you go for maximum distance you are done due to it. However in this case it was only the leader what was misaligned, so the increase in friction shouldn’t be so big.


  3. tonyking74 says:

    In a practical rather than a pure casting sense I have found it a great way to achieve a downstream hook, more effective than an ariel mend.

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