At the moment I am preparing a mentoring session for two anglers that are getting ready for two different casting certification tests. Writing is the best way I know of putting my ideas in order, so I have started this succinct list. A work in progress, probably. Comments are welcome.
“Because adding bend makes hand paths become less extreme for a straighter tip path, bend also gives us a bio-mechanical advantage. We are able to input more force, more smoothly and control the force vectors more easily the fewer changes we have to make to the direction of our hand path.”
When reading about “rod load” think of straight trajectory of the rod tip, instead of bow and arrow.
Always shrouded in the mist of mystery, when popular casting mechanics focuses on spey issues it seems to enter the realms of magic. It doesn’t help that the various styles of spey casting seem to compete in presenting their respective approaches as if they were different techniques, instead of just adaptions to some particular conditions. Fortunately spey is spey, and physics is physics, and the latter governs the phenomena involved in the art of throwing a line with a pole in exactly the same way, whatever the brand, length or taper of your rod and line, and the waters and fish you are after, be it in Scandinavia or in the Pacific North West.