Posts Tagged ‘fly casting

05
Dec
18

Fly Casting Champion (Maxine McCormick)

Women’s World Champion from Portland, Oregon. She practices at Westmoreland Pond in SE Portland and attends Cleveland HS….she’s 15 y/o! Maxine McCormick congratulations! The championships were held in England. She won two years ago in Estonia. The 2020 event will be held in Sweden.

https://www.koin.com/sports/15-year-old-is-best-female-fly-caster-in-the-world/1635320823

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02
Apr
16

Last night…

my usually OCD dreams, gave way to a more meaningful, less fraught with frustration, event. I moved my way along the surface of a lake, and I walked the shores of a river casting the fly line with ease. Someone in my dream even asked me how I learned to cast so well. In my dream, I seriously thought of a fellow blogger, the Limp Cobra, and tried to demonstrate…this is a good sign, a signal of good things to come (not right away, because my dream didn’t factor in my pending ankle surgery in a month).

Here’s a nice little lake pattern, the Deer Hair Damsel, I tied/photo’d a few years ago. 

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24
Mar
14

Adaptations: Lemons and Lemon Juice

“Life handed him a lemon,  As Life sometimes will do.  His friends looked on in pity,  Assuming he was through.  They came upon him later,   Reclining in the shade  In calm contentment, drinking.  A glass of lemonade.” Dale Carnegie

This morning, I was reading a piece over on Limp Cobra re casting styles. One of Marc Fauvet’s frequent topics is casting the fly line (hence Limp Cobra references a type of fly line presentation Marc created years ago). I was reminded, by Marc’s post today, that one has to adapt not only in fly casting mechanics under normal circumstances, but when things change in life due to physical limitations.

Photography-Injured Hand-Fused Wrist-Arthritis-Injuries-SwittersBYears ago, my right hand and wrist were repeatedly injured through various activities. Arthritis resulted in the right wrist and the pain became unbearable. Ultimately, my right wrist was basically disassembled, hip bone was brought in to replace the arthritic wrist, the new bone/joint was fused solid. Then a ten inch long titanium bar was screwed in from behind my middle finger knuckle up through the now fused wrist on up the forearm. Over the years, I have developed arthritis in my right forefinger and I am losing sensations in the finger tips of all the fingers. The fused right wrist of my dominant hand, was to some, an advantage in fly casting. I could now cast a fly line without breaking my wrist etc and the perceived imperfections of presentations. And, I have adapted pretty well over the years. It may not look pretty but it works. Even if the wrist does not break during casting, the shoulder can offer up some unusual machinations to alter the path of the fly line for sure.

At any rate, the long worded portion above is to suggest as a matter of course practice casting with your off hand…your non-dominant hand. Not for when you have that odd presentation, but in case you need it as life changes your physical abilities. I have had surgeries/procedures to my right hand, right wrist, left achilles, right achilles, neck, left shoulder and lower back. Throw in degrees of arthritis, aging, lack of fitness and the mechanics of casting (or any other physical endeavor) become very important. I have learned to cast with both hands now. When the right hand becomes fatigued from casting and all the fish I catch (tsk, tsk), I switch to the left hand and rest the right. A good benefit, too, is I get the fly out there and don’t make nearly as many false casts. More fishing, less casting.

Practice with both hands and visit Marc’s site at Limp Cobra and go back through his many posts regarding casting dynamics.

16
Feb
13

Fly Fishing: Impressionistic Patterns

Today, I was perusing a book by Darrell Mulch called Reading Water, An Illustrated Guide to Hydrodynamics and the Fly (2001). The book has a lot to contemplate while presenting materials about the holding patterns of fish in various hydraulic scenarios. 


reading-water-illustrated-guide-hydrodynamics-fly-darrell-mulch-paperback-cover-artOn the very last page, a section entitled The Beginning, there’s a passage that I thought interesting: “However, in a store, flies are usually tied to either attract fish or fishermen. That is, they are made to look like a specific insect or they are made to appeal to the fishermen’s understanding of beauty. Ugly flies, though, are constructed to interact and relate to the characeristics of moving water to produce an animate behavior. The image they present to the fish is dynamic; it is seen as a cinema (a sequence of events), instead of a snapshot (a moment frozen in time).” 

The ‘Ugly Fly’ patterns in the book are scraggily, wavy patterns that move upon and under the water’s ‘roof’ as Mulch calls them. I like the Cinema (fluid movements) vs. the Snapshot (static) idea. I have long suggested the impressionistic pattern is preferable to the perfect replica pattern on many occasions. Rather than being my excuse for sloppy tying, perhaps Mulch has given me even another reason to tie my unkempt patterns.

 

06
Oct
12

Fly Fishing: Wiggle Cast = Increased Hook Ups

In Handbook of Hatches by Dave Hughes, pages 87/88: “Learning to add wiggle to your emerger and dry-fly presentations will do more to increase your catch than any other single thing you can do, when you’re fishing over rising trout. Wiggle is important in the cross-stream reach cast. It is critical in the downstream wiggle cast. It can even help you take a few more trout in up-and-across-stream presentations. A little wiggle added to almost any cast will increase the likelihood that your fly will get a free drift. That will always catch you more trout, whether you’re fishing a mayfly emerger, dun, spinner, or any other insect imitation on the surface.

A nice fish to a chrionomid (midge) emerger.

Here is a short video that demonstrates the words describing the wiggle cast at Sexy Loops (remember shooting a bit of line makes all the difference on imparting the wiggles).

23
Aug
12

Casting the Fly Rod: Both Hands

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Yes, that’s actually me fishing. Hard to believe. Now aside from the fact that I am a terrible double hauler…there is something else about this shot for you to consider for your own evolution.

My right wrist is fully fused. It has been for the better part of maybe 15 years. A titanium bar extends from right behind my middle knuckle half way up my forearm, secured with 7 screws. The wrist bone is actually a lot of hip bone, as the original bone was so badly damaged with arthritis it had to be removed and hip bone fused into the location. So, I can still cast ok with the right arm, my natural arm. But, my finger tips are partly numb and my knuckles are slightly swollen and painful.

But, after that surgery, a very painful ordeal I might add, I started out of necessity to cast with my left hand/arm. Yes, at first it was clumsy. At first, I played with the roll cast. But, today I am a passable caster with my left arm and you should be too. Not that you will have surgery necessarily.

But, injuries happen. Surgeries happen. Pain happens. Give it a try on a small scale. You won’t be wasting valuable fishing time. Or, go to a nearby park or your back yard or school yard and practice the stroke, the line management in your right hand, the single haul and if you are real coordinated the double haul (eventually). It will add to you arsenal, to your presentation. Of course, you will have to adapt to that reel handle being where it has always been should you catch a fish. Easy enough to switch over to the other hand as ‘normal’ to play the fish. 

24
Feb
12

Basic Fly Rod Waving w/ Lefty Kreh

GREAT BASICS BY LEFTY KREH FOR THE BEGINNER’s Fly Casting

Nice easy going basics on handling the rod to move the line. Look how nice and easy he makes it look. 

Legend Lefty Kreh throwing the line




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