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    Default What the Body Does: Fly Casting, Biomechanics and Sensory Motor Learning

    Some of you will have seen the series I wrote on the mechanics of fly casting which arose from my unhappiness with the existing material on the subject. Mechanics is about the application of force and it tells you why things work or don’t work. By itself, however, fly casting mechanics doesn't have much to say about what to do and how to do it. It concentrates our attention on what the rod and line do. The body making them do what they do is not in the picture. The body is the middle two of Bruce Richards’ Six Steps. I decided to try to put it back where it belongs which is in the middle of the picture as the “real” and central subject matter of how to fly cast, better.

    Biomechanics is the study of how the body works to produce internally the force which is applied externally to the rod and thus to the line. It is the science of movement.

    Biomechanics FOR Fly Casting

    Sensory Motor Learning is about how we learn, control and refine control of the body movements which produce our casts.

    Fly Casting and Sensory Motor Learning.

    Taken together these three legs of the trifecta add some science to our pastime and our efforts to cast better. In Biomechanics FOR Fly Casting I specifically address the question begged about what value science can add to traditional knowledge and how they fit together.

    It made conceptual sense to me to research and write in a certain order. Mechanics=>Biomechanics=>Sensory Motor Learning. By the time I finished the Einstein Series it became clear to me that casting mechanics are about efficiency. Optimising efficiency is the organising idea that connects all three parts as a hub secures spokes which together form the structure of a wheel. If all that sounds a bit abstract you might want to read my Blog about how my casting and practice have changed as a result of this knowledge.

    As ever I hope some of my fellow pilgrims get some use from the work. No money involved. Reproduction is governed by a Creative Commons Licence.

    Cheers
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    Default Re: What the Body Does: Fly Casting, Biomechanics and Sensory Motor Learning

    I'd like to see casting instruction place efficiency as the central goal.

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    Default Re: What the Body Does: Fly Casting, Biomechanics and Sensory Motor Learning

    I have never given it much thought I just go fishing,easker1

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    Default Re: What the Body Does: Fly Casting, Biomechanics and Sensory Motor Learning

    Quote Originally Posted by ohanzee View Post
    I'd like to see casting instruction place efficiency as the central goal.
    Sounds good to me Alan. Just a matter of getting casting instructors to agree on something eh?

    Oh and btw folks it's not a short read and judging by the view count readers are often not making it to the last section of the Biomechanics piece which is where quite a bit of the gold is stashed. Might have to rename it to something more sexy than "Applied Biomechanics".

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    Default Re: What the Body Does: Fly Casting, Biomechanics and Sensory Motor Learning

    its over my head literally
    how he may read upon the varying skies,from thence to judge the order of his flies,
    how he may place them on his trailing link,know which should float,or which should partly sink

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    Default Re: What the Body Does: Fly Casting, Biomechanics and Sensory Motor Learning

    I always find it easier to do things once I know why things are done a particular way, not just how.

    'Do it like this' is ok, but 'do it like this because...' is better.

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    Default Re: What the Body Does: Fly Casting, Biomechanics and Sensory Motor Learning

    I have had one fly casting lesson 40 plus years ago, from then i have evolved to a good long casting reservoir fisherman.

    That'
    s not bragging (i will never win a tournament)

    A friend (an instructor ) de
    scribed my casting style as 'Gorilla Arms' but he couldn't improve my distance with tution.

    When i have observed fly ca
    sting tuition it's all very 'tidy' in style but lacks distance.

    It'
    s the sort of flick flick motion more suited to stream fishing, i have never seen double hauling taught.

    I
    sometimes wonder if casting instructors ever fish or just teach flick flick.
    Better a 'has been' than a 'never was' ! Hidden Content

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    Default Re: What the Body Does: Fly Casting, Biomechanics and Sensory Motor Learning

    I was a casting Instructor , and I taught people from 8 to 80,people with no preconceived idea of casting were the best, the worst were the Macho beach casters, I had to make them understand that they had to let the rod do the work, I didn't teach them to cast huge distances only to cast quietly and efficiently, after they left me it was up to them, watch April Vokeys Video on her teaching technique, I found women were the best to teach, I am an Archery coach and women are the easiest to teach once you get past the elbow problem, and they become quite good archers in a short time,especially with light draw weight bows, men seem to want to be using powerful bows,so it's a power thing casting huge distance or shooting to the moon, start small and work up to it, as far as archery goes , one guy came and liked it so much he bought a 60lb drawweight bow. he doesn't shoot now because he strained his back,and at 60+ it's hard getting over it,same with fishing over rodding is just as bad,most people do their best casting with lighter rods, sure heavier rods can give you distance, but proper understanding of casting technique can be more useful in the long run, but one mans meat can be anothers poison, tight lines however you do it, easker1

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