Biomechanics FOR Fly Casting

About the Series

The Einstein Series came out of my frustration with text book and online treatment of fly casting physics. However, once you get across the mechanics it becomes obvious that the journey toward enlightenment has only just begun. Physics tells you about what we need to achieve. It has little to say about what we need to do. Physics is long on Why and short on How.

The more I looked into and wrote about fly casting mechanics the more convinced I became that it pointed to efficiency as an “organising idea” for the understanding and performance of fly casting. In this context an organising idea is the hub of a metaphorical wheel from which radiate the spokes of different but related analytical pathways and knowledge sets.  Biomechanics was the next logical spoke to follow because it takes us from the Why department to the How department.

There is a great deal of biomechanics literature out there in the analogue and digital spaces but not much of that is devoted specifically to fly casting. This Series is my next attempt at making a contribution to the fly casting body of knowledge by drawing on the scientific literature and relating stories from it that are accessible, practical, authentic and authoritative.

As before I needed some help with this work and I got exactly what I needed from the generous contributions of my two reviewers. For Vince Brandon it was a second go around as he was a member of the advisory group for the Einstein Series. John Waters also volunteered to help keep me on the straight and narrow. As a highly successful competition caster and instructor John has been a long time student and advocate of biomechanics as a vital source of knowledge to improve fly casting performance. As ever I thank them both for their assistance but assume sole responsibility for anything I’ve gotten wrong.



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