Andros South is in… 21 days (until I leave, 22 until I get there) and I’m starting to think about getting that new Rise 8 wt. out on the grass field at the local school. It is occurring to me that I need a little bit of stick time before I am presented with my first cruising bonefish or 2011.
I found this bit on the Deneki site from Bruce Chard about casting in the wind. Thought it was worth reading again (as I’m pretty sure I posted this when it first went up back in 2009.
Here is a little except from a piece I wrote about my Grand Slam down at El Pescador. It highlights a couple of really, really bad casts I put out after some bonefish…
As I stood on the deck, thinking back just a few minutes to me botching a good permit shot, the guide spotted two bonefish cruising the mangroves. I was very conscience that I had a 10 weight in my hand and I was thinking that the presentation would be too heavy. It is a dangerous thing, thinking. I made the first cast to the bones and tried to ease up on the power so the line wouldn’t smack on the water. Totally underpowered, the cast landed in a heap. I cast again, but my head was too much in the game and the result was the same.
My friend Shane, who is a certified casting instructor, couldn’t hold his tongue. “Those are the two worst casts I’ve ever seen you make.” he said. It was pure truth. Those casts were just horrible. I couldn’t help but give a little laugh at the ridiculousness of the casting and the degree to which I could rain on my own parade. It was also glad that Shane had just shown that he wouldn’t hold back the truth and when you are out there to learn, you need the truth.
Yeah… maybe I should get out sooner rather than later to chip off the rust.