Because We Can
By Captain Paul Darby (QRRFISH1), Shalimar, FL

Why is it that we so often overpower the rod and sabotage our own efforts? Well the short answer is, because we can. Then too, part of it is because we don't often consider how to not overpower and the consequences that come from it.

Being human and all, we often come to a truce with our lack of understandings and just lump them under the general heading of "Bad habits." I guess a definition of bad habits is somewhat in order in this context.

Let's see now, I know I wrote something down, it was on the back of a box of fried chicken. Oh here it is, bad habits come from a lack of information, not understanding the information available, eleven herbs and spices or lack of motivation.

Personally I don't feel there's a lack of information out there, and motivation is often suppressed by frustration. Therefore only the herbs and spices and lack of understanding is left. Spices are not at issue here, so lack of understanding is the thing to look at.

Have you ever considered that almost nobody ever throws a tailing loop on his or her rearward projection of the line? So why does the tailing loop seem to only occur on the forward projection of the line?

Frankly, it goes to the basic makeup of the human body. We are a forward fashioned instrument, where as our movements are quite wide of range in the front. Hand and arm movements are far more restricted in the rearward direction. That very restriction is part of the reason we make better projections to the rear than in the front. We simply don't have the mobility to foul it up so badly in the back. Throwing the line to the rear is out of our comfort zone of operation. Plus having almost no points of reference or preconceived notions to guide us without thought or conditioned actions it's far easier to get it right.

Now in the reverse or forward direction there are unlimited combinations of movements at our disposal, not to mention all the preconceived notions programmed into our conscious awareness. The tailing loop is a simple case of self-sabotage. We throw tailing loops because we can, because everything we read and hear tells us to. More is better. If I throw harder, it will go farther. Plus on the forward stroke I'm in my comfort zone, I know what to do here, I have unlimited movement and power and I'm going to use them.

Thus we overpower by nature, by design, by insistence of our instructor who is trying to teach us to 'cast' a fly rod. Ah, but take heart, there is a time to celebrate the tailing loop. Now you just got to know that's a hook. What kind of protracted thinking does it take to hail the tailing loop? ~ Capt. Paul

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