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  1. LukeNZ

    Understanding Casting

    I like to think of the caster as another 3 progressive sections of the rod. Leg section, torso, and arm - then the progression of rod sections on the end of that. We need to consider the whole action - as in the stiff/rigid rod experiment already mentioned; in order to make a cast, the flex...
  2. LukeNZ

    Peter Anderson RIP

    ...,and already finished the tumbler of whisky! 🤪
  3. LukeNZ

    Peter Anderson RIP

    ...solid legs and a fine pair of shoulders. Built for it. RIP.
  4. LukeNZ

    Understanding Casting

    ...so what you have stated actually defies physics... There is no 20% extra. A rod is not a generator of energy; it is a transmission and conversion component. The rod's damping through it flexing is the key to it's usefulness. The damping created through flexing of the rod slows the energy...
  5. LukeNZ

    Understanding Casting

    Hi Mark, A carbon rod with line attached, acts as both an accumulator, and a damper. A spring is simply an accumulator; which is why it fails as a good analogy, for a fly rod. 🙃
  6. LukeNZ

    Understanding Casting

    Yes, why not? ...caster's feet to the tip of the rod. I think that is a good basic picture to have in mind, and progress from there. Start at the base, and work upwards. All the relevant component parts of the cast are then included in the analysis of that all inclusive framework, relative...
  7. LukeNZ

    Understanding Casting

    Far too much credance is given to the properties of the rod when it comes to casting form. I would suggest that better casters are the ones with stronger legs, from sports that involved using them a lot. Good casting starts at ground level (from the feet, upwards) progressively, and with...
  8. LukeNZ

    Understanding Casting

    You don't accept estimates - only verified facts And only results, from an approved standard test. Was just indicating that the author satisfies neither of your acceptance criteria; so why are you using his view to support (or not) a view?
  9. LukeNZ

    Understanding Casting

    80/20 is an opinion in the absence of any factual measure. The authors feeling that 80% comes from the rod is not always correct - in that, the stated % can be made to vary very widely and still produce a useful cast. 🙃
  10. LukeNZ

    Understanding Casting

    We all cast differently for very many reasons. If normally intelligent and able people simply cant achieve a cast they are happy with after a few seasons of fly fishing, and some off season lawn practice etc; then they definitely need some expert help, Casting is not at all difficult for people...
  11. LukeNZ

    Understanding Casting

    Not spite - that comment is very alt, to kill opposition to your views? Rather, just seeing and saying.in a clinical format, which see's expert view dismissed because you prefer yours? You shouldnt need the confirmation of others if you believe you are right, unless you are second guessing...
  12. LukeNZ

    Understanding Casting

    That begs the question (and also answers several..)... ....why are you disagreeing with people who actually and demonstrably know what they are doing? 🙃
  13. LukeNZ

    Understanding Casting

    ....your agreement with profficient casters, on any point is largely irrelevant, as it still doesn't qualify or calibrate your understanding. You come accross in a similar way to an art critic, A prolific self extolling expert on paint strokes - but couldn't paint a portrait to save...
  14. LukeNZ

    Understanding Casting

    Too much analysis and not enough doing... Does anyone truly suffer taling loops for more than 5 casts out of 100 without being able to figure out how to modify their stroke to reduce that number? After all something had to change from the 95% norm. so to the caster he should be able to...
  15. LukeNZ

    Understanding Casting

    Exactly. It doesn't really take too much experience, or knowledge to understand. Most beginners would quickly figure out it all turns to tailing loops, wind knots, custard etc,. when trying to run before they can walk. If it concerns them enough, they will practice until they can consistently...
  16. LukeNZ

    Understanding Casting

    Its just a casting fault. If it happens consistently, then the caster is aerialising too much line for his ability. Shorten up, and practice more. Extending distance as profficiency/skill grows. It occadionslly happens to skilled casters where wind interferes with aerialised line tension...
  17. LukeNZ

    Understanding Casting

    Insufficient line speed is the cause (assuming correct equipment set up - balanced outfit). Look at the reasons for that; most often it is too much line out for the casters ability, causing a lack of progression through the cast - essentially line slack, as the rod load is not consistently and...
  18. LukeNZ

    Which Scissors

    Tiemco TMC razor scissors (tungsten carbide) I have some that I have used for about the last 5 years - I would buy them again. Best general purpose fly tying scissors out there. Very sharp points. And they cut to the very tip. The feel is just total quality and precision. I also have some very...
  19. LukeNZ

    out dated flies

    Would Shipman's Buzzer be considered out of date too? 🙃
  20. LukeNZ

    Polarized sunglasses for fly fishing

    .....and your not from Yorkshire!? 🙃
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