About the Angle

Excessive angle of attack

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.

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Piled Anchors

 

Those who follow my videos already know that I am very fond of bead chains. They provide an easy way of making interesting experiments and you can learn a lot by playing with them.

The experiment below is one of my favorites. It is about the implications of a piled anchor on a spey cast. The corollary? Two things: Continue reading

Anchor Loading the Rod?

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A fishing roll cast: look at the lack of tension in the fly leg of the D-loop

I was trying hard to follow exactly what I had been reading on all those books. The roll cast was an easy one —authors said— in fact easier than an overhead cast because you get rid of the backcast part. However, when practicing it my results were awful, to say the least.

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