Ed Ward, aka RiverAddict on Speypages posted the following comment on Speypages response to this blog post about constant motion, continuous load Skagit casting.
I presented my “new”thoughts regarding CM/CL
(Constant Motion/ContinuousLoad) SOMEWHERE on the internet a couple/few years ago. Unfortunately, where exactly I don’t remember.
Basically it shakes out to, after having discussed extensively, the subject online through a couple of different casting related websites and after having made a very clear vid of myslf casting in slo-mo, I have conceded that the “Continuous Load” part of the CM/CL is not accurate.
In fact, in my own Micro Skagit vid on YouTube, the rod can be seen to most definitely unload during the transition from the backstroke of the Sweep, to the forward stroke of the forward cast.
However, it is also plainly evident that from the beginning of the Sweep, all the way on through to the end of the forward cast, that excepting for cast #6, which is a screwup, the entire “system” of rod and line maintain a taut/tensed status completely throughout that portion of casting process.
The rod never deflects to a completely “negative” state and the line never “converts” to a neutral, overcome-by-effects-of-gravity condition. In other words, there is never any “slack” in the system.
So, if one were to replace the term “load” with “tension”, then my “take” on this casting process would be correct.
In my “somewhere on the web” discussion of revising the CM/CL theory, I explain that my understanding of the casting process has been derived mostly from “feel” and that, coupled with determining through years of experience, those terms that most successfully conveyed to other peoples the necessary visualizations for executing Skagit casts, is how I arrived at my descriptions of Skagit castng. So, knowing this/that, it should be apparent that the terminology may not be technically correct, yet it is very successful for conveying the necessary “knowledge” about the Skagit casting process. Sometimes technically correct doesn’t mesh well with “real world semantics” of us humans. Want to get into a good mind-screwing example of this circumstance… google “is the sky blue” and check out some of the answers!…Ed Ward
Above: Ed Ward explains his style of Skagit casting.
Here is a poorly executed Skagit cast. Too much creep happening after the sweep. The anchor sinks back into the water but the forgiving, heavy Skagit head lifts it back out. It makes a fishable cast but nothing to write home about. Ed Ward does not lift his hands much, if at all, after the sweep and keeps the anchor light and D loop tight for his style of casting.
Here is another one that is better but still exhibits creep. Too much arm movement before the forward cast. Good Skagit casters limit arm movement and seem to rotate that top hand wrist.