Friday, 28 December 2007

Early Season Casting

With 2006 nearing an end Henry Gilbey and I began work on a Trout Fisherman casting series that appeared throughout 2007. Aimed at providing some top tips the idea was to make the articles highly visual while adding as much technical content as possible. Heading to Tiverton we found a large wall as a back drop to the cast. Not pretty but it certainly helped the line jump out! Going for as little clutter as possible I donned a plain black top and hat - it was cold! Howard Croston, product development manager for Hardy & Greys had meanwhile sorted me out with a white rod to further assist the camera and resulting images.

Technique is what casting is all about of course. Great gear does not mean great casting! But, it is still very wise to buy the best you can afford and maintain it carefully. Lines are particularly important and require a decent stretch on a regular basis coupled with a clean using something like Scientific Anglers line dressing

Good casting has many factors involved that were covered during the series. However during my fly fishing courses one of the very first things I explain to guests is how important it is to maintain a relaxed grip. There are various grips but the most popular is thumb on top of the cork with fingers gently wrapped around. Imagine holding a screwdriver if it helps.

Finally never head to the waters edge for a session without decent polarised sunglasses. I use Maui Jims and find them fantastic for spotting fish while very importantly providing me with eye protection should a cast go wrong.

The casting features underway a whole year lay ahead but in particular I was getting very excited about hosting a trip to Los Roques in Venezuela during Feb 2007 on behalf of Aardvark McLeod. This is the great thing about this fishing game, one minute up to your nipples in freezing cold river water the next basking in 30 degrees in ankle deep water on the flats! Truly awesome!

My thought for the day came just an hour ago when a guest of mine popped in for a bit of fishing. Many years ago I taught his son how to fish when just a boy. Now 17 I was shocked to find that he had contracted Cancer and has been undergoing intensive treatment. Thankfully he seems to be on the mend although he still has treatments to come. This disease is unbelievably cruel, I watched both my parents suffer and ultimately lose their battle with it. In this age of the Internet and other technologies surely a cure must be out there somewhere? Why is it then that the government is still ploughing millions in to hopeless war efforts for example when people are suffering from illnesses such as this?

My very best to William Newton and his family. Look after yourself, get well and we hope to see you at the fishery soon.

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