Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Fly Guy ? It Must Be Tuesday

After the debarcle of Laughing Trout and Chortling Elk mocking my efforts, at last there's some good news from project fly caster. I can now cast a strait line. Not very far, but its actually going where I'm flicking it!

It is not difficult to learn how to cast; but it is difficult to learn not to snap the flies off at every throw.
Charles Dudley Warner, 1862

Doh! Still a way to go then.

But, remember the back cast is the foundation, and that unless it is solid the superstructure will be rickety. Remember also that the motion of the rod through the air should be almost, or quite noiseless. Nothing offends the angler's ear more than the "swish" of a fly-rod. It is like a false note to an educated musical ear. It indicates a degree of force about as appropriate to the end in view, as a burglar's jimmy to opening a watch. This should never be, except possibly when casting directly against the wind or for distance only.
Henry P. Wells, "Fly-Rods and Fly-Tackle", 1885

Hmm maybe I should get some lessons?

Calling Fly Fishing a hobby is like calling Brain Surgery a job.
Paul Schullery

Perhaps if I just dropped a little more cash on a new rod?

Thanks for reading
PS Dog Lady was at the pond again this morning, she put a lot of effort into not looking at me!


Anonymous said...

stick with it. The cast is slower than you think. Practice in the park over the winter and you'll be great in the spring, or use a boat. (but then everyone can see you). I'm still learning, but every so often a cast is just perfect and I say to myself - that cast deserves a fish

Anonymous said...

You seem to getting a little anxious about all this casting lark. I don't think a new shiny rod is the way to go even if it does satisfy that newgear/gadget addiction you seem to have. Invest the money in some lessons instead.
Best cure for that anxiety is to get out and catch some fish, not much of the season left on the river here so I must get out myself.

Anonymous said...

I will say stick with it

Anonymous said...

may be yeah

Langdon Cook said...

SBW, resist the urge to grease the wheels of fly-fishing apprenticeship with more cash...the tunnel is deep & dark. Keep at it!