Any Which Way


So, I’ve been asked a number of times on facebook and elsewhere if my upcoming casting book focuses primarily on a vertical (overhead) casting stroke/style. No. I just haven’t posted pix of other stroke types yet. I cast with and fish with whatever gets the job done in the way I want to get it done. Here’s an except from the book that explains a bit of my approach to strokes/styles:

The vertically oriented Foundation Casting Stroke will be used to directly build the Overhead Cast. Then, the Foundation Casting Stroke will be angled (tipped to each side) to create various forms of the Side-Arm Cast, the Cross-Body Cast and the Across-The-Head Cast—all of which are casts made at orientations other than vertical. Following the various angled casts will be the Elliptical Cast, where the arm travels back and forth in distinctly different planes. Along with the changes/combinations of plane, the movements of casting will be both tightened and stretched out, with the casting arm traveling along both shorter and longer pathways.

In 2001–2002, I assisted Dr. Tim McCue with a survey on the incidence of fly-casting injury among casting instructors (subsequently published in the journal, “Wilderness & Environmental Medicine”). Out of that survey came a number of findings, including one showing that casters who utilized multiple casting styles (overhead, elliptical, sidearm, etc.), had the lowest overall pain incidence of any group.

So, by starting with the Foundation Casting Stroke, and then using that to create a collection of other strokes, you can hopefully build a highly effective, and lower stress casting environment that covers many angling needs.

3 thoughts on “Any Which Way”

  1. Hello Jason,
    Please include me on the waiting list for “Single-Handed Fly Casting”.
    “The Nature of Fly Casting” is a highly valued edition in my casting library, and has been very helpful to me as a fly casting instructor. The FCS and the modular approach are brilliant. It is my hope that the illustrations and photos in your new book will help casting geeks like me understand concepts like the “corkscrew curve” more easily. Thank you for your efforts!
    Please let me know if you would like payment in advance.

    Best wishes,
    Jim Dowd, IFFF CCI (& aspiring to the MCI)

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