Style is Substance… Sometimes

Tim Rajeff during a masterclass in Germany

I perfectly understand why getting deep into casting mechanics is regarded as useless by a majority of fly fishers. But, that sound casting mechanics is equally rejected by such a big percentage of casting instructors is another matter entirely. Calling yourself a master and, at the same time, avoiding getting deep into the nuances of your trade seems rather weird to me.

On the other hand, some of us find casting mechanics not only fascinating, but —and this is key if you are an instructor— an indispensable tool to use in our teaching.

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Line Tension

 

Fly casting instruction puts a lot of focus on tailing loops, its problems and cure, but almost none on “line dangle” or “dangling end”. I am not sure about the reason for this, as the dangle may be a source of problems on its own (losing heavy nymphs in the grass behind me comes immediately to mind). Maybe it is an issue that hasn’t been addressed specifically because it is considered as a tailing loop? Continue reading

Wavy Shapes and… Wavy Shapes

As a rule of thumb, any curvy shape in the fly leg of the loop is the telltale of some kind of casting problem. The most popular (or should I say unpopular?) of them being the tailing loop. But not all of those shapes are tailing loops. Another usual curvy shape is the dangling end; it is pretty recurrent in long casts —although, depending on the conditions, it can appear in short ones as well. Clarifying the difference between the two is not a trivial issue, as each one has a different origin and —more important— a different cure.

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The Beauty of the Dolphin Nose

We call dolphin nose to a very characteristic shape taken by the fly leg of the loop. Its origin seems obscure to me, but Grunde Lovoll (fly caster and Ph.D. in Physics) says that it is the result of a decrease in tension in the fly leg of the loop during unrolling. Continue reading