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Hypothetical question on mechanics

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Re: Hypothetical question on mechanics

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Post by Graeme H » Sun Dec 13, 2020 3:14 am

Hi Gary,

Practice casting while standing on one foot only. It will train for balance and improve the ability to fish on unstable platforms without disturbing the water.

I used to fish from my kayak a lot, both sitting and standing. That practice routine helped.

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Re: Hypothetical question on mechanics

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Post by Dirk le Roux » Mon Dec 14, 2020 7:49 pm

This afternoon, I watched Francois Botha casting a popper on a 7-weight for Leerfish while standing on his paddleboard. Not a hint of exertion. :cool:

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Re: Hypothetical question on mechanics

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Post by Carol » Tue Dec 15, 2020 1:31 am

I recently saw a short video of Lasse casting while balancing on a single foot atop a peaked rock in the water. Prior to that was a video of Paul balancing on a log while casting. I can barely brush my teeth standing on one foot with my eyes closed (I try this every night for 2 minutes to practice balance and always end up dabbing every 20 seconds or so. :whistle:). You all certainly are making a good argument for practicing casts on one foot, even if it's just a 30' PUALD or the fun thing done at the end of a practice session. Even if one never fishes from a watercraft of any kind, it will help when standing on two rocks with different heights.
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Re: Hypothetical question on mechanics

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Post by Lasse Karlsson » Wed Dec 16, 2020 9:47 am

Two rocks of differing heights, weird positioned feet between rocks, bumpy or/and steep banks, any place where its not a nice flat field. The flat field is to create the baseline and the maximum in possibilities, its all downhill from there, so might as well have some fun 😉



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Re: Hypothetical question on mechanics

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Post by Mangrove Cuckoo » Wed Dec 16, 2020 12:45 pm

When I am asked to teach someone to cast from a paddle craft I do not go into the "one foot" thing. I don't see it as much of a balance thing as it is a minimal weight shift thing.

If someone has balance issues they do not belong standing in any tippy craft., or even casting from a platform on a flats skiff.

Instead I ask them to cast with both feet tightly together. That seems to eliminate shifting weight at the feet and emphasizes upper body movement.

Also, as casting is sometimes done while not standing I ask them to practice casting either from a chair or when sitting on the ground... again to emphasize that casting has to come solely from the upper body... when sitting in a paddle craft.
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Post by Phil Blackmar » Wed Dec 16, 2020 2:36 pm



I would think the size, material and shape of fly would play a role.

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Post by Phil Blackmar » Wed Dec 16, 2020 2:46 pm

Oh, and Lasse:

Thanks. My wife happened by and saw the pic of you on the rock. She said "look what he can do. You need to do my exercise class with me, we work on balance, so you can do that!!!"

Thanks a lot. :)

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Re: Hypothetical question on mechanics

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Post by Phil Blackmar » Wed Dec 16, 2020 3:11 pm

As for casting poppers, I find if I use a vertical rod plane, line over line loop, like Paul mentioned, and throw a big loop on false casts to minimize kick back and then tighten the loop on the last forward cast, I can throw 80-90 feet accurately with only the shooting head out the end of the rod on the back cast and without much effort. This makes balance easier.

I sight fish off a low platform. Shifting your weight sends waves which can alarm the fish so I try to eliminate any weight shift. Visualize standing on eggs
and not breaking any when casting.

If I shoot a lot of line on the final forward cast there is no kick back with the fly upon presentation which improves accuracy. For distance control, I use what Paul mentioned in another post line-overshoot the distance a little and then control the stop/distance with the line hand.

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Post by Phil Blackmar » Wed Dec 16, 2020 3:58 pm

Just went and tried it. Make that 80', not 90...LOL. With a 7 wt rod and 7wt saltwater taper line

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Re: Hypothetical question on mechanics

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Post by Lasse Karlsson » Wed Dec 16, 2020 5:35 pm

Phil Blackmar wrote:
Wed Dec 16, 2020 2:46 pm
Oh, and Lasse:

Thanks. My wife happened by and saw the pic of you on the rock. She said "look what he can do. You need to do my exercise class with me, we work on balance, so you can do that!!!"

Thanks a lot. :)
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