Bloody L (bird’s-eye view)

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.

The Rod-centric Approach (I)


This is the first article of a series devoted to Spey casting mechanics. A work in progress.

Spey vs. Overhead: the fundamental difference

On an overhead backcast the rod unbends, a loop is formed and the caster waits till the line gets straight —slack line during the casting stroke isn’t a good idea—, so on the following forward cast the rod tip starts pulling on the whole length of line and propelling it forward all at once. On the contrary, with any cast of the roll family our line is folded in two at the start of the delivery cast —with part of the fly leg of the D-loop never turning into rod leg before the forward casting stroke is finished. This means that on the delivery cast the rod tip is impulsing toward the target part of the line only, the rest of the line is just a passenger detracting energy from the section put in motion during the casting stroke proper. A significant difference indeed, with very important —and, at times, overlooked— implications. Continue reading

Los cuatro niveles de iluminación (I)



Tim Rajeff’s masterclass at the EWF, Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany


Una de las grandes bondades de la pesca a mosca, a diferencia de otras actividades deportivas, es que puede ejercitarse a lo largo de toda nuestra vida; la edad no es un obstáculo serio. Es más, envejecer hace crecer nuestra experiencia y nuestra capacidad técnica, por lo que el tiempo nos transforma continuamente en pescadores más completos y hábiles. Aquí el paso de los años lejos de restar facultades las suma.

Posiblemente en ese proceso de crecimiento podríamos definir diferentes etapas o niveles de habilidad. Digo posiblemente porque en lo que respecta a la pesca a mosca en su conjunto nunca me he puesto a reflexionar sobre ello; no así en lo referente a nuestras habilidades como lanzadores, aspecto en el que, bajo mi punto de vista, hay varios hitos, y cada uno de los cuales supone un gran salto cualitativo en nuestra capacidad de presentar una mosca de forma natural o atractiva. Continue reading

Engineers vs. Poets Revisited


Slow motion filming session. Photo Álvaro G. Santillán

The late Mel Krieger classified casters into two broad groups: engineers and poets. The first group is formed by those who need to know how things work in order to learn them; the other one relies more on feeling and doing those things than in any analytical approach.

Mel didn’t make any qualitative distinction between the two groups; although he himself was a poet instructor, he never dismissed those more inclined to the engineering way of seeing things. In fact he saw both views as equally valuable and complementary. Continue reading