Bloody L (bird’s-eye view)

Fishing on Gaula

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.

Sweep, Loading… Unloading I

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Nymphing on river Pliva

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.

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La orilla, el viento y otros líos del Spey

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Varo en el Gave D’Oloron

Como ya sabemos el rodado dinámico es el alma mater de los lances spey; lo que pretendemos en la ejecución de todos los spey es llegar al inicio del lance delantero con la configuración línea/caña que conseguimos con un rodado dinámico… pero por medio de otras maniobras. Esas diferentes maniobras vienen motivadas por el inconveniente fundamental que presenta el dinámico: no vale para cambiar de dirección. Me explico. Al final de la deriva la mosca se encuentra, lógicamente, en un lugar distinto de aquel en el que la hemos presentado, y en el siguiente lance deberemos presentarla de nuevo en otro punto aguas arriba: tenemos que cambiar de dirección.

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