Fly fishing is about beauty: crystal clear rivers, gorgeous fish, outstanding landscapes, fly tying, rod making, tackle collecting… and beautiful loops.
Some of those will eventually appear in this blog, but the main reason of its birth is deepening in that aspect of fly fishing that passionates me the most: fly casting.
I started walking the “basic physics of casting” path many years ago but more seriously since 2010, when I discovered an affordable photo camera capable of shooting high speed video, nothing less than 300 frames per second (freezing motion by making it about 10 times slower than the real one).
Slow motion clips were a real eye opener for me; watching your own casting in slo-mo for the first time is incredibly frustrating: who is this guy making so many faults? But, as I like to say to my casting students, you can’t solve the faults you are not aware of. Moreover, studying the casting process in slow motion allows you to eventually understand many of the things that govern the cast and are impossible to grasp for the naked eye; that understanding of some mechanisms of casting that so far were shrouded in mystery has inevitably turned me into a better caster and teacher.
I am totally aware of the fact that fly fishers try to keep away from deep technicalities as much as from a thunderstorm. I beg your indulgence. I don’t publish my musings to bore you, it is just that doing it involves a great deal of experimenting, analyzing, editing and thinking, and all that work always results in myself learning something new. If, by a happy serendipity, there is somebody out there who ends up discovering something interesting or useful, I will be doubly pleased.
Aitor Coterón Agorria