We call casting stroke to the motion described by our arm and hand to propel our rod butt during the cast. In this way, we talk about back and forward casting strokes. The casting stroke has two main characteristics:
It has to be an accelerated motion, that is, the speed of the rod butt should be increasing over time.
It is comprised of two different elements: translation and rotation.
It is known by different names depending on the author, Bucket Cast or Hump Mend being the most popular ones. I first read about this technique close to twenty years ago now. At the time I was far from possesing the skills needed, as proved my clumsy first attempts. I used to comfort myself by thinking that its use in practical situations was very limited; but that was just a cheap excuse to avoid some frustrating training sessions. It isn’t that unusual to find a fish feeding in the slack water upstream of a submerged rock, or in the pocket water behind it, is it? There, a conventional straight line cast leaves the fly line at the mercy of the fastest currents downstream of the fish that will make your fly to drag immediately.
Chris Dore es uno de los guías mejor considerados de Nueva Zelanda. He tenido la suerte de compartir con él varias jornadas de pesca, comprobando que esa fama es bien merecida. Ahora que por aquellos lares la temporada acaba de empezar, Chris acaba de publicar un corto texto orientativo para pescadores viajeros. Me ha dado permiso para traducirlo, así que aquí está.
“If you ask fly fishing guides what is the one thing that they would like their clients to be able to do better in order to catch more fish, the answer is not that they could tie better flies, tie better knots or owned better equipment. It is resoundingly that they should cast better. If you ask fly casting instructors what is the one thing that they wish that their clients would do better, the answer is not that they read more books, watch more videos or even that they have more lessons (although that can help!). It is that they practice more.”
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.
“No matter what you think ”advanced fly casting” entails, make no mistake: it is from the devilish details that make up the basic stroke that truly masterful fly casting emerges. No fly-fisher can hope to master the fly rod without first mastering the basic stroke. In some ways, no fly-fisher ever really moves beyond the fundamentals.”
Master the Cast George V. Roberts Jr.
One of the most useful fly casting quotes ever!
Whatever the technique you are using or distance you are fishing at, if things go wrong get back to the basics! Something I have repeated to myself during my practice this morning.