El tiempo es oro

 

 

 

El entrenamiento es la base de la adquisición de una buena técnica de lanzado. Si dominar los lances de revés es importante, en el caso concreto del lanzado Spey es fundamental. Desenvolverse con el revés es clave, no solo cuando nos encontramos con algún obstáculo en nuestro lado dominante, sino cuando —como en la jornada en la que grabé este vídeo— un fuerte viento proveniente de aguas arriba comprometía la seguridad de pescador y caña al empujar los “trastos” contra ellos.

Una de las claves de un buen entreno es aprovechar bien el tiempo. En el caso que ilustra el vídeo de más arriba, mi intención era practicar el Snakeroll de revés. Si solo  hago reveses, tras la ejecución de cada lance debo esperar a que la línea derive aguas abajo para iniciar el siguiente tiro. Se desaprovecha un tiempo precioso. En vez de eso, combinar un lance de revés con otro de derecho que coloque la línea en la posición de arranque, no solo nos permite hacer más lances en el tiempo que tenemos disponible sino practicar la técnica por ambos lados por “el mismo precio”.

The Four Stages of Enlightenment (I): Translation/Rotation

 

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One of the greatest things about fly fishing, in comparison with other sporting activities, is that it can be practiced through our whole life; old age not really being a serious obstacle. In fact one of my fishing buddies is 70+ years old now, and it takes some serious effort to follow his rhythm on the river. Paradoxically, aging as a fly fisher is a sort of advantage, as it is the passing of years what makes our experience and technical abilities grow.

I think that, apart from extreme distance presentations, the same is applicable to fly casting, an activity in which you never stop learning and improving. In my view, along this path there are some significant milestones, like steps in the ladder of proficiency. Thinking about it I distinguish four of these “stages of enlightenment”. There are probably more, and you surely will have your own list if you reflect about it; feel free to comment your views.

So let’s go with the first stage of enlightenment. Continue reading

Guideline Spey 2018

 

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Tengo el placer de anunciar el primer encuentro Guideline dedicado a la técnica Spey. Este evento nace con vocación de periodicidad anual, y pretende reunir a todos los aficionados a la pesca con mosca que sientan curiosidad sobre las técnicas Spey —tanto para cañas de una mano como de dos— y quieran asesorarse en directo con reconocidos expertos en la materia. Continue reading

Yes, It Is About Fishing

 

Does she fish or just cast (beautifully)? 

It would be interesting to see if all that technical casting ability also amounted to catching ability.

 

I read the comment above in a forum the other day. It is in reference to Maxine McCormick’s amazing casting prowess —Maxine is a 14 year old girl with several world records in fly casting under her belt!!

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I have heard that argument many times before around here. In my view it misses the point because the question that matters is:

If my technical ability were as good as that of Maxine, would it improve my catching ability and my overall enjoyment of fly fishing?

And the answer is YES, ABSOLUTELY!!!

A Rod is a Rod is a Rod

 

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A double hand rod, equally suitable for Spey casting or overhead casting, as any other fly rod in fact.

 

Yesterday a beginner fly fisher with tennis elbow problems was asking for advice on gear. His #7 weight rod was too painful to use.

I offered him to try a bunch of my rods, and specially some double hand ones to see if they make any difference with his ailment —adding that the real cure is in improving casting technique in the first place. He replied: —But I don’t want to get into the water and those rods ask for that, don’t they?

Obviously he was referring to Spey casting. Then I explained that the casting technique you use is independent of the rod you are casting with. Continue reading