In the past, translation used to be considered as a minor element inside the casting stroke; a stylistic choice. Fortunately, this view seems to be changing. Failing to give translation the relevance it deserves looks weird to me, if only because being late rotation generally accepted as an important element in fly casting, the only thing you can do before starting rotation is translating, that is, you are never going to get late rotation without some translation first!
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.
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.”
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.
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.