The grayling fishing in Snowdonia is stunning and as good as you'll find anywhere. The smile on this clients face says it all!
This week has been some quality fishing with fighting fit wild brown trout and grayling rising to take a dry fly
When giving fly casting lessons I often explain some of the terminology we instructors use so I figured it may help if I did a brief overview of some of my casting definitions. I'll add more as I think of them.
Cast - the act of lifting the fly or lure from the water and placing it back onto the water.
False cast - a cast where the line is kept in the air during repeated acceleration strokes
Acceleration stroke - The part of the cast when the rod is accelerating, and bending. The acceleration stroke ends with an abrupt stop.
Casting arc - the angle of the rod at the start and finish of the acceleration stroke.
Stroke length - the distance the rod handle (or your hand) moves during the acceleration stroke
Set down - gently lowering your rod tip back on the water.
Loop shape - the shape described by the fly line during the acceleration stroke (and set up in spey casts), a tight loop is when both legs (top and bottom) of the line are close together.
D loop - in roll casting and spey casting the shape the line describes as it hang behind you from the rod tip prior to the forward cast
Spey cast - a cast used to safely change direction
Anchor - in a roll or spey cast the anchor is the line that is laid out on the water prior to the forward delivery.
Anchor point - The point at which the line enters the water creating the anchor
Set up - in spey casting the repositioning of the line prior to the forward cast
Haul - where the line hand is used on either the back cast or forward cast to pull line through the rod guides, during the acceleration stroke, to increase line speed.
Double haul - when a haul is applied to both the back cast and forward cast prior to final delivery
Shooting line - when additional line is slipped into the cast at the end of the casting stroke to increase distance
Drift - repositioning of the rod back and up, at the end of the back casting stroke
Tracking - the need to keep your forward and back casts travelling in a straight line
I'll go into more detail on some of these definitions at a later date
Please let me know if you have more to add or if you want to comment on any of my definitions.
Having joined the throngs of traffic on Friday I crept, stop start up the A55, M56 and M6 to get to Lowther in readiness for the show.
Saturday was brilliant - hot, sunny and incredibly busy. The whole team didn't stop all day. As the crowds left we were able to relax, chat about the day, throw a few fly lines and try out some different tackle before heading off to the pub for a well deserved beer (or 2).
Sunday was wet but mild and calm. The rain was not as bad as forecast and whilst it was not so busy and a slow start we were still kept on our toes all day. No matter the weather it was a great show and I hope a successful one for the traders, stall holders and organisers.
I was encouraged to see so many people of all ages having a go at casting a fly line. If just a few take up this brilliant sport our time and effort was not in vain.