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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-13-2007, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
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Question Body Mechanics in Casting

One thing that I learned from the martial arts is that real power comes from the body's core and good body mechanics, with the arms/legs just being devices for delivering the power. Kind of like a rod just being a grain delivery device.

Keeping the above in mind, are there any particular casting instructors that I should look for?

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Dave, since you're EC now look a bit further north. Rick Whorwood in Canada is a fine caster and casts long belly lines well. Nick Pionessa in Buffalo is excellent and has been hosting some Saturday evening gatherings which will surely evaporate at the first sign of Steel in the river. Andrew Moy of Eastcoastspey.com (sponsor) is a good one. If you're in New England there's some dude by the name of Juro who's supposed to be okay ;-)

If I had the last 12 years to live over I'd have gone to Scotland and fished the Ness and Spey and begged for lessons from any number of casters. You'll want to see those casters in action, in person when they come over here and not try and visualize their motions through anyone else's interpretation. No matter how good some of the folks are I've previously mentioned there's nothing like seeing someone who's had one of these rods in hand since birth.

If you want to knock around on the weekends (I'm in Owings Mills) shoot me a PM, I'm a fellow long belly addict and have a few in the arsenal.

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Also into martial arts although not as much as I used to... but power is only part of the equation. Half the power with twice the efficiency is better than the inverse, perhaps more so in Spey casting than martial arts. Great Spey casts can be made with very
little power.

The result of a blunt yet powerful impact with low efficiency during a fight might achieve the end goal, stopping an intruder for instance.

But the result of a 'blunt' yet powerful Spey cast... won't do squat no matter how powerful the caster might be.

If you are looking for an instructor to show you how to channel power into your cast, then any instructor worth his salt will insist that you must have a very clean cast going - good mechanics such that extreme power does not exaggerate small faults into large ones.

When the mechanics are efficient and correct one sure way to increase power is to lengthen the casting stroke while increasing the total rate of acceleration achieved before the stop and watch that line fly.

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Juro, I guess my analogy wasn't as clear as I thought it was. The efficient mechanics that you referred to are what I want to develop. By the way, I gave up martial arts several years ago in favor of fishing, because of shoulder and knee problems ... I didn't get the mechanics things until later. This is part of why I'm leaning towards a two hand rod.

Chris, I would like to get together with some time. I'll send a PM.

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