fly Casting, Speycasting-Strathfisher
Tactical Spey Casting
What rod, what reel, what line, what fly, what river, what cast, what ever?
The various options and tackle combinations available to todays fly fisherman is immense. Technology has revolutionised our gear and modern tackle has led to a real shift in the way we now approach our fishing!
Look at carp fishing and the level of science now involved in deceiving the carp with secret ingredients being added to the bait, new rigs being developed almost weekly and the addition of other bits of technology like bait drop boats and fish finders, making planning the weekly fishing trip a bigger activity than the summer holidays.
In trout fishing we have a wide selection of lines that can help us fish our fly at exactly the right depth where we would expect to contact fish feeding.
But what about salmon fishing?
Flys have changed
Rods have changed
With advances in carbon fibre technology our rods are lighter and stronger than ever. The principle of having a good taper that can provide the energy to propel the line remains the same however and there probably isnt a significant change in the tapers today from those of yesteryear on various greenheart, split cane or glass fibre rods although diameters are likley to be much less.
Casting has changed
Its interesting to note the various modern theories on casting and the principles behind the concept of how to load and then unload the rod. With the emphasis on the use of the bottom hand in ensuring that we maximise the leverage when making the cast .
I havent read any scientific research on the topic and surprised that no one has ever completed a PhD on the topic of flycasting mechanics so my mind is open
Lines have changed
This is probably the biggest shift change in fly casting and the range of lines and their qulaity is
Have the fish changed their behaviour as well?