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Tom

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Ability to cast a fly
« on: March 09, 2017, 06:27:19 pm »
Concerned about my ability to cast a fly during our upcoming stay in WY, in addition to having some issues playing a full-size guitar, today I sought help from a local orthopaedic clinic. See this message for details.
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Re: Ability to cast a fly
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2017, 12:37:44 pm »
You probably have enough time to work a bit on casting with your other hand.  Never a bad skill to have in the quiver. I've only played with it stream-side, but in a pinch can get a fly out there, even if not the distance or control I usually get.  Even when healthy, it can come in handy when getting into a different position just isn't possible, and putting the time, and structure, into the learning process can make you better caster overall.
Good luck.  WY is a great visit.

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Re: Ability to cast a fly
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2017, 01:28:58 pm »
Wouldn't help much, since both shoulders have a problem. But I agree that 'wrong hand casting' ability might come in handy. I suspect I'd have a very long learning/adaptive time. OTOH when I worked with tools for a living, I was OK with wrong-handed use.

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WY is a great visit.

Yep, spent a few months there the last couple of years, and return again this year. 4 miles from the ID state line, so lots of stream fishing in both states.
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Re: Ability to cast a fly
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2017, 08:15:34 pm »
Keep casts short or high and there's always the roll cast.  You can always let the current take a streamer out and swim it back. Good luck.
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Re: Ability to cast a fly
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2017, 05:28:01 pm »
Tom, I was thinking about you today when I bought my MN fishing license and trout stamp.  How is the shoulder, guitar playing, and fly fishing going?
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Re: Ability to cast a fly
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2017, 05:35:01 pm »
Thanks for asking Max. The injections in my shoulders made a huge improvement in range of motion and (reduction in) pain.

I'm still playing the 3/4 size guitar, and was thinking it was time to switch to my full size.

Meanwhile, I'm getting ready to buy my WY and ID licenses. Plan to be up there next week.
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Re: Ability to cast a fly
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2017, 05:19:30 pm »
A trick my Dad and I used to use in a restricted environment such as bushes along the stream, was the "slingshot cast".  Just pull out enough line to satisfy the distance you want to reach and then grab the hook tightly and bend the rod back in towards you, then release.   A nine foot rod can generate a lot of power and with practice you can place the lure fairly accurately.  Watch out for the barb and only hold on the farthest part of the curve in hook. Most inland streams in this part of Canada require you to use barbless hooks, so as long as you "don't get the point",   you're good to go. 8)

Just another thought.  Never had these back when I was fishing, but you could try an Archery Mechanical string release.  Might be safer and also easier on your fingers.  Catch a big one.
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Re: Ability to cast a fly
« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2017, 05:36:15 pm »
Thanks for that tip Gord. Hadn't heard of or seen the slingshot cast, but I'll give it a try on our upcoming trip.
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Re: Ability to cast a fly
« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2017, 06:42:38 pm »
Bumpty bumpty years ago fishing the High Sierra streams, my Grandfather taught us this technique.  He was motivated by having to extract flies from trees while his grandchildren were learning how to fish.  Patient man! but soon after restricted our fishing to lakeside docks.  ;D

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Re: Ability to cast a fly
« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2017, 06:53:12 pm »
He was a smart man Margi.
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Re: Ability to cast a fly
« Reply #10 on: June 02, 2017, 11:22:26 am »
You're welcome, Tom

Another one, if you are clear behind is just to tuck your elbow into your side and cant your forearm to about a 30 to 35 deg. angle, then use just a 60 deg. back to 120 degree foreward quick motion.  make sure you are holding enough free line in your free hand. This one challenges your wrists somewhat but it works fine if you can get the rhymn going. (Here I am preaching rhymn to a musician! Ha!) Perhaps this will ease the pressure on your shoulder.
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Re: Ability to cast a fly
« Reply #11 on: June 02, 2017, 12:43:28 pm »
Thanks again Gord. I've used an improvised version of that
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