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  1. Alan

    Had a rough month

    Hey Bill I'm sorry to hear of your loss. The neck surgery along with the loss of your pal is a bit much all at once. Our pets don't ask for much and their devotion to us is remarkable. The wag of the tail and lick of the tongue in most cases can make a bad day not so bad. Time is what it takes. I had yellow lab who was the only one who rode in my pickup truck with me. The day I had to put her down was as bad as losing a family member. They do creep into our hearts for sure, but time will ease that pain. Take Gunners advice. There are many abandoned pets out there who need a home. They won't replace your friend but will fill in a lot of that emptiness.
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    Ray Stout

    Very sad loss to the fly fishing community. Condolences to his family.
  3. Alan

    Moy cast video

    I deleted my last reply because I'm just plain tired! I am not an authority on any of this guys, just someone who loves the two hand rod. Over the last few years I have watched and picked up little nuances of the cast from many individuals. Everything today has morphed into a proper way of doing things as though there has to be specific rules for everything. Frankly this is not fun anymore.
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    Two handed overhead Cast

    I can feel your pain. Been there, done it. lol
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    Two handed overhead Cast

    Jack Good luck on finding what line works best for you. You will figure it out. The problem is the cost of finding out what works best for you. My only advice to you is to look at the line charts for your particular rod and start there. Decide on the type of casting that most interests you and try to stay in that area when choosing a line. The number and types of lines being offered today can get overwhelming to the point of being downright stupid. My assortment of lines when getting into two handed casting is pretty close to the stupid mark. Some of the future lines changed names and that unto itself muddied the waters. It was and is a constant deciphering. The best thing you can do right now is find a good two hand casting instructor and start there. Lessons will help prevent bad habits. PM sent
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    Two handed overhead Cast

    Jack, Bob or anyone else. It is much easier than you may think. If you have the proper amount of line on the water to begin with and the weight of this line is equal to at least the grain weight of the rod the results on the forward cast are magical. You will have to experiment with this grain weight to see what works for you as an individual. It maybe a slightly larger number since the rod has a grain window that is pretty broad.
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    Moy cast video

    The rod tip is rising as you accelerate into the back cast. Andrew refers to it as a flat backcast and it is. It is the acceleration of the rod in the backcast that loads the rod and in this low backcast it unsticks from the water well before it passes him. The line in it's trajectory is traveling beneath the point of travel of the rod tip as it travels rearward. You are just loading the rod. As he rounds up to the firing position for the forward cast the line being under constant tension transfers the energy of the backcast into the forward cast. At the start of the cast you aren't picking the line off the bottom as though you had just stopped fishing it. The line is placed on the water in front momentarily and then the cast begins. This is no different from using a single hand rod and need to make another cast. If you were going to do a water born anchor to start your next cast you would have to roll cast or flip the line back out in front of you to begin that next cast.The water is the temporary anchor to load the rod and get the line moving towards the rear. Watch the video again and it will make sense. It is an underhand backcast.
  8. Alan

    Two handed overhead Cast

    Perhaps I'm reading something wrong. I was thinking that Jack was going to use the extended Butt section in a two hand cast and maybe that is or isn't his intent. I don't know until we see his reply.
  9. Alan

    Two handed overhead Cast

    You are correct about the line and the torque it generates on the wrists and arms. The rod is the vehicle to carry that energy and because of its additional heft in my thinking it still is part of the problem. Maybe that butt extension is the solution. I don't know since I haven't tried it. In fact there are still a lot of things I don't know. You will have to give it a try and let me know the results. If the bulk of your fishing is from a boat then the shorter single hand rod is the way to go I guess. The down side of course is that you are still moving a lot of mass with that shorter rod and the resulting physical problems . I'm wondering if the butt extension will be a viable solution. I don't know if there is a mechanical advantage since you are adding onto a rod that was primarily designed as single hand rod. Once again, my thinking is that by adding the butt section for your lower line hand this will also move your upper hand further up the stick to an area where there is no cork. If you maintain the upper hand position and now use the lower hand to do the pulling the question now is are the biomechanics proper to make the rod load properly? Again I don't know. Cap, Andro or anyone else. Are you reading this???? If so give us your take. Is this something you have done as well and would appreciate your thoughts? Maybe I'm thinking to deeply about this. Jack Your question about the interest in the two hand rods. Yes it has increased since I am seeing more and more folks fishing them. Whether this forum has been the defining influence that generates the interest in this form of casting, I doubt it. There aren't to many fly fishing magazines out there today that don't have articles on the two handed rods.
  10. Alan

    Two handed overhead Cast

    I used to cast a ten wt single handed rod and can feel your pain. That is one of the reasons I went to the two handed rod was to save the arms and shoulders. Consider sometime in the near future one of the new beach two hand rods in the twelve foot 7/8 wt range which will put you in the same grain window as your ten weight single hand rod that you are using now. They are cannons! My Sage 9ft XI2 10wt is now retired and sits in the rod rack behind me as I am writing this. It is a reminder of why I love two hand casting so much. You will too. Glad you enjoyed Andrew's video.
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    Shore fishing (Wade Fishing)
  12. Alan

    Welded Loop Trouble

    Have some UV Knot Sense, a bodkin and UV light handy. I use invisible thread to make the wraps. I cut the end of the running line or fly line off at an angle. Then double it back onto itself to form the loop. Gauge where the cut end will lie after the loop is formed. (If this is your first time you could make a small mark as a reference point on the line.) Take your bobbin with the invisible thread and make some wraps around the side frame of the bobbin so that when you pull the thread at the end of the barrel of the bobbin it doesn't pull out. (This will take some practice.) Take the end of the thread in your bobbin and make a few half hitches at your mark to secure it. (Don't let the loose end of the thread go right now until you complete the next couple of steps.) You will then use the weight of the bobbin to spin a single layer of thread about 1/2" to 3/4" back toward the cut end of the line. (Depending how much line you had handy when you started making this wrap you may have to stop and feed out some more thread out to complete this step.) Next. Fold the cut end of your line back to where you marked the line originally to form the loop and where you half hitched the thread at the start. Have the angled cut facing the line and wraps that you completed in the previous step. Once again using the weight of the bobbin spin and wrap a layer of thread back to and slightly past the cut end of you're starting point. This will secure the end of your thread that I told you about at the beginning. Make one additional wrap back up to where the loop starts.You can make a whip finish since it is on the end of the line but don't cut the bobbin free yet! Now put a drop of UV Knot Sense onto a scrap of cardboard. Turn your UV Light on and stand it facing down on the table somewhere handy and don't let it shine on the drop of Knot Sense. Put the bodkin where you can pick it up after this next step. Find something to connect the loop onto (I use the 1'4" knurled knob of my Nor-Vise). With your left hand (if you are right handed) pull the line out horizontal to the loop. Your bobbin should be hanging down at a right angle to the line. With your bodkin take a very small amount of the Knot Sense and paint the whip finish with a very light film. Now pick up the light and cure the epoxy. Cut the bobbin free. Next. You can remove the loop from whatever you were attached to in order to have control over the loop and its wraps of thread to complete coating them. Last. Using your bodkin make very thin layers on all the thread wraps and rotate to be sure it sinks in. Try not to let the epoxy sag. You want to have a very symmetrical bullet shape when you are done. My suggestion is to make very thin layers. After light curing each layer wipe of your bodkin off on a paper towel! When you can run the bodkin over the surface and no longer feel the thread wraps, your done! It really isn't that involved and takes very little time to make. Alan P.S. I know the question will be asked as to why I made the original wrap of thread on the line. Why didn't I just go to doubling it back make two wraps and be done with it? The properties of this invisible thread is that it has some stretch to it and it bites into the coating of the fly line. It continues to compress much like a rubber band. For this reason I make the single wrap first on the line without forming the loop right off the bat. This gives you a good non slip base to lay the other two wraps on top of after you form the loop. The additional wraps also keep getting tighter and biting in to that initial wrap. The Knot Sense Epoxy keeps everything in place and makes a nice smooth covering. Where can you buy this? Michaels, Jo Ann Fabrics. I load my bobbins with this and use it anywhere I would like to have clear tough wraps. It comes on large bobbins and is cheap! The one I am holding in my hands has three thousand yards on it and is 100% Nylon. I don't think I will run out, or any of my friends for that matter!
  13. Alan

    Bottom critters.

    I will second that!
  14. Alan


    Your Welcome and thanks for the correction. I edited my post to reflect that.
  15. Alan

    Welded Loop Trouble

    Are these loops dragging on the bottom such as when you would be fishing a Clouser or Crab patterns? If so then this is normal and you can cut off the end of the line and form a new loop.