“Fly casting is the physical skill of fly fishing.”
I grew up with that mantra playing through my head. Certainly there are other “physical” aspects of fly fishing, but it is in casting where the serious hand-eye coordination and use of the physical body come into the most play. Pain or injury—whether preexisting or caused by casting—can impact the game significantly.
The page deals with a healthier cast–not the rod and line mechanics, but the human side. I’ve been involved in caster health since 2002, when I met Dr. Tim McCue and was involved in his survey of pain incidence among casting instructors. We’ve since gone on to do much more through the Fly Casting Institute, including working with friends and colleagues who were preparing biomechanics papers. While one can only say so much in a short article, you can check out the complete read here:
Working through dozens of HD video clips isolating images for my casting book. Came across this example of a tailing loop. Check out the rod flexure, line flow, and ultimate crossing problem in the final loop shape (this loop actually contacted the rod). While I enjoy beautiful casting as much as anyone, I also like casting this type of thing on video to see the carnage.
And in case anyone is wondering, no, I am not using actual photos like this for the book. I’d never do that (I consider these garbage as far as the overall visuals; far too much background noise). These are used solely for building illustrations, so I don’t really care about backgrounds, foregrounds, or anything else that’s pretty, ugly, or whatever. As long as I can see the rod and line, I’m good. I do have a killer location for shooting video. Maybe the place I’ll shoot a real casting video some day. It’s 2,000 miles from me right now, and I’d have to get clever with cameras (since I shoot myself), but it would be sweet….
UPDATE: A little tweaking to make the final tailing loop more obvious: