Ed Ward, Skagit Casting Legend, aka RiverAddict on Speypages posted the following comment on Speypages in response to this blog post about the constant motion, continuous load, Ed Ward Skagit casting style. Thank You, Ed Ward, Skagit casting guru for taking the time to respond to linespeedjedi.com. I really appreciate your taking the time to share your insights about the Ed Ward Skagit casting style you are perfecting.
I presented my “new”thoughts regarding CM/CL
(Constant Motion/continuous load) 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.
Ed Ward, Skagit Casting pioneer plays with a micro Spey: Above.
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