Gimme’ a week or two and I’ll clean up my forward stroke. Or at least make it look like I’m not suffering an infarction everytime I pull with my bottom hand.
Ok, so there are eleven winter Steelhead that have made it up the river in my home away from home waters and there could be as many as twice that many, or half that many in my other adapted home waters. Water is high, really high, so its not like I don’t have all the water and more all to myself to do whatever I want with as long as it doesn’t involve catching fish. The Scandi journey continues, strait floating shooting head, mono leader and all.
I was ready to give up yesterday because I was not feeling the love for this modern Scandinavian Spey casting thing and I honestly had not made any improvements since, well really, since I had begun. Janusz Panicz looks like a greek god casting a lightning bolt when he scandi casts and I honestly look like a monkey humping a football, with my apologies to both monkeys and footballs. It just was not happening. I’d make some ok casts and think I finally had it figured out but then I’d look at the videos each time I practiced and there was no improvement. Nothing. As a matter of fact things had gone backwards. Videos from August and September looked pretty bad but better than my recent videos so there was no reason to post the new stuff. Which was crap. I was extremely discouraged.
I have access to tutorial videos from Janusz that very few have seen and I studied them over and over, I played with a little pantomime practice which I thought would help as I have throughout this enetire experiment but it wasn’t a huge help, mostly because I kept getting fish mojo all over my white gloves. But I did keep watching those videos and going over the instructions Janusz gave me.
An hour and a half, really almost two of solid practice today repeating the same stroke over and over while taking my own advice, and everybody elses, to slow down helped. Making a few adjustments after more close analyzation of Janusz videos helped even more. I made a few casts that were at least different enough from all of my other casts this year that I thought I would share them.
I’m stoked again. I thought this would be easy. I should have started with Scandi because all of this practice with my bottom hand has improved all of my casting, except for my scandi cast, until now. Stay tuned.