Hello Mr. Attack,
thatís not my style of discussion. Thatís the point, where humor is failing and there should be time for a serious but friendly reply.
At least, if you call something crap, you should know what you are writing about. But you donít. You did not read or you did not understand.
As the one who wanted to bring in humor into this discussion and was joking (ďI want to have his forearmsĒ) I would like to help you to come over your misunderstanding.
To make it easier and to put it into the right context, here is my first post to this thread:
ďVery interesting thread.
It would be even more interesting, when we all could join in reality and cast side by side with each ones favorite outfit or distance setup. Nearly everything would be clear at once from the beginning without much hesitation!
Besides different casting styles and individual physical details:
Every rod and every line needs different casting, adaption in technique, stroke length, ďin the boxĒ or wide movements, and power application, as long as the aim is best distance and effectiveness as discussed here!
What might look wrong for one might be the most effective way for a given outfit that is not well known for him and others.
I for myself am Spey casting since being forced to cut double taper lines into pieces and puzzle together again in different combinations, do some Spey casting lessons in our clubs and would say I am a rod and line junkie. And by far I am not able to cast every multiple thousands of combinations in rods and lines available out there meanwhile. I would not judge anyoneís casting excessively without trying the combo he is using while demonstrating.
Casting such a distance as demonstrated here canít be done wrong! My respect Bruce.
There is a countless amount of rod and line combinations meanwhile with a lot of variables out there. And there is individuality.
The best casters are the ones that can adapt flexibly and quickly to most combinations, not saying I am the one... We never learn out.
In passion for details of technique and power, letís not forget whatís essential: An open mind and flexibility, then technique and muscles.
Letís have fun and learn from each other.Ē
In short again: Open mind, then technique, then muscles !
This is exactly the opposite of what you assumed by a simple joke of mine, following later, about forearms and some friendly replies in joking back from others. So you had forearms quite often to read, but missed the joke behind.
Hope the misunderstanding is clearified. It seems to be a widely spread behavior of our modern times, to fly over words from others, especially in a thread, focusing on something without the context, in hurry for a fast reply. And maybe I was not clear enough or my English was too bad.
But to close the circle with a joke again:
You know and you appreciate Steve Rajeff, who has won a lot of casting records in his career (SH mainly) and you mention him in context with your absolutism (ďForearms and casting domination. Crap.Ē).
Have you ever seen his forearms? I did !😁
And joking apart again, to bring some other views to this subject, for what itís worth for each of you, maybe more competition orientated than the average fishermen:
I was going through a life full of sports. I didnít need anyoneís forearms for my sports and for my distance casting until now. If anything for me, it would only make things easier with aging.
But in general, physical individuality makes a difference in every competition sport. Better than others in physical abilities can be a substitute for not optimized technique only to a given point. But in case of perfect technique it can help to a different/better result.
And at least it can make the same result look very very unexcited, elegant and smooth in performance and consistency ... In the end, a lot comes down only to physics, adaption in technique, physical abilities and feel.
To neglect, or even further, to negate this completely, is not only wrong. Itís also pure Luxus, could feed the impression of ignorance, self being healthy, well trained and not handicapped, while others are not in this privileged situation. Unseen of forearm size...
Itís all relative.
Of course one can have the focus on competition casting with powerful men (and women) around one in the best age, like I had and still have in my sports.
But thatís not reality for all and the origin subject of this thread, as far as I understood. Both (interest in competition casting and best individual physical form possible) is not the case for the broad amount of fishermen, sadly.
May we all stay in good condition as long as possible, more or less to bomb out cast after cast in a consistent way, to swing a fly on a straight line.
All the best for you !
Time is running... A little bit of work, a little bit married, fishing, hunting... What else?