Hanging out with my old pal, Paul Arden, at his sexyloops.com casting/fishing Board for a week starting tomorrow (Monday the 18th). Stop by and chat if you get the chance. The Board at SL has been a hotbed of fly casting (and fishing) discussion for many years, with some serious “nuts and bolts” stuff going on regularly (poorly supported fly-casting dogma and pre-conceived notions don’t tend to last long there).
Into the image layout for “Single-Handed Fly Casting” now (and for the next few weeks). Illustrating each chapter first and then dropping everything in (and further editing text, too). Have a sample of a spread from Chapter One shown here. The illustrations you see are what you can expect throughout. Grayscale vectorized pics based directly on photographic frames (most shot at 60fps, some at 200fps and 240fps). This approach lets me isolate what needs to be seen without extra clutter, and also makes what you see quite accurate.
The video that I shoot as the basis for line drawings is often fast and dirty. All I need to see is enough to make the drawing, and who cares about the rest. That is exactly the case for the video that I have been shooting for “Single-Handed Fly Casting.” But…I just bought myself a new platform ladder and it allows for better, more stable camera angles in a variety of situations. So, I figured it might be of interest to post at least one video sequence shot from the ladder, while capturing at 720p/240fps.
The sequence shown here is of the C Pick-Up, a skill that has a relationship to the Snake Roll in the D-loop world. I have shown it in a basic, “here’s how you do it” form, plus a more “real world” scenario starting with the rod tip high and slack in the system. Sharp-eyed observers may note that my forward cast loop is relatively open. That’s what I refer to as “an actual fishing cast.”
Hope at least a few readers find it interesting. One of these days, I’ll bite the bullet and shoot video to really show as video, all pretty and everything.
Starting to get feedback on Single-Handed Fly Casting from outside readers. All of them are English-as-second-language speakers/writers. Their feedback is very helpful in cleaning up concepts and adjusting word usage. If they can’t understand what I’ve written, without the use of images, then I need to think hard about fixing things. In other words, my text has to make sense to people other than native “American-ese” speakers. That is especially key for this book, since the majority of pre-orders are currently from fly fishers residing outside the U.S.
It is my desire that the text is approachable by readers of all casting levels, with only minimal moments of “huh?” involved. SHFC is not “light reading,” that’s true, but hopefully it won’t seem too heavy in how it goes about explaining the information.
As many readers already know, I’ve been involved with 3-D motion-capture of fly casting for some time (since 2004). My focus in the sessions has been caster/rod/line interactions, but the real scientists involved have also looked deeply at biomechanics. For the geeks out there, here are a few links to some of the freely available publications that have came out of various motion-capture sessions.
By the way, if you’re a casting instructor and not reading Aitor Coteron’s One More Last Cast blog, you need to be. Aitor and I have known each other for quite some time, and for years he has been quietly amassing all sorts of slow-motion video and in-depth looks at casting.
Aitor’s work is mentioned numerous times in my upcoming casting book, and his videos are free for all to watch. Just go in with an open mind, as you may need to leave some traditional outlooks on fly casting behind once you start to read/watch.
My friend, Marc Fauvet, asked for a video of the Foundation Casting Stroke (as discussed in Single-Handed Fly Casting). I happened to have a nice, fresh one sitting on my system. Marc now has a full post up on his blog, The Limp Cobra.
There is a lot more to say about the FCS in SHFC chapters two and three. It’s a casting stroke that has origins way back in fly casting, but I present it in a way that allows a caster to use his or her body to assist in self-teaching. I also use it as the basis for the other casts in my SHFC book (even Spey? Yes, after it gets some modification along the way).