The “Samurai” System, “Slow is Smooth and Smooth is Fast”

With the Samurai System, starting with a kayak paddle held in both hands, one can:  while standing in a kayak,  after sighting a fish, stow the paddle quietly  acquire the fly rod in the casting hand, and make a 40 foot or greater fly-cast (whatever length you feel safe to keep in the stripping bucket) … More The “Samurai” System, “Slow is Smooth and Smooth is Fast”

A Tale of Two Mules

My Dad told me a story that revolved around the untimely death of my grandfather. When Dad was eleven years old, my grandfather passed away while a still a relatively young man, leaving my grandmother in pretty dire straits. It so happened the state was building a highway in front of the house at the … More A Tale of Two Mules

No Creeps Allowed

I can understand a person’s reluctance to take suggestions in changing their overhead cast. In my computer programming career, we had a saying that a programmer has a 50/50 chance of making a change to a complicated program without introducing a new bug. I am the same way about my overhead cast because it is … More No Creeps Allowed

De Plane, De Plane!

Hopefully everyone is familiar with the casting “plane” which is probably more often referred to as “tracking” by casting instructors. If you can imagine a plexiglass sheet next to your casting arm and during each cast your arm and hand all line up exactly and maintain contact during the stroke. The wall prevents any twisting … More De Plane, De Plane!

Poke’n Fun

I’ve become interested in single-hand spey casting. The Spey casts are just more arrows in the quiver of a single-hander. There’s always some situation of minimal back cast room or need for an efficient change of direction, for example. To help understand the casts better I’ve started watching two-handed Spey casting videos. I found a … More Poke’n Fun

Roll Cast Practice/Instructor Tool

Recently I was looking through some issues of the FFI’s Fly Casting Journal “The Loop” (Fall 2020), and found an article by casting instructor Jody Martin, about a roll casting tool. The entire article can be found at: https://www.flyfishersinternational.org/Portals/0/Documents/Casting/The%20Loop/2020.NOV.LOOP.pdf?ver=fLJtHZ73o-zU_KtghOpYGQ%3d%3d The issue with doing roll casts on grass is there is no anchor for the fly … More Roll Cast Practice/Instructor Tool

Solo Rodeo

Gar rodeo 2.0 this year was spawned by a last minute tip by a neighbor. I was out casting in my front yard and my neighbor had his grandkids out checking culverts for bullfrogs. Upon checking my driveway’s culvert (which usually holds a good-sized croaker) the kids became interested in my fly casting. The neighbor … More Solo Rodeo