Originally Posted by silver creek
Winston is going to put up 10 Joan Wulff Fly Casting Instructional Videos for online viewing. The first 5 are available now.
R.L. Winston Rod Co. | Joan Wulff Instructional Videos
Note how the basic casting stroke is identical to the foundation casting stroke of Gary and Jason Borger. In the second video that describes the basic grip and stroke, Joan describes the identical stroke path that goes up towards the level of the forehead.
This is what Al Kyte calls the elbow forward style of Jimmy Green, Mel Krieger, Steve and Tim Rajeff, Joan Wulff, Jerry Siem, and Gary Borger. It is a simple stroke that is ideal for teaching beginners.
She is an excellent caster -- great videos. I absolutely cannot muster a decent cast with that elbow in front style -- it makes absolutely no sense to me and feels like the last way I'd ever try to cast a fly rod. Joan's is a very extreme
elbow forward cast it looks like too. To me it's like trying to elbow yourself in the ribs while also attempting to swat flies biting your neck with a jump rope. I can force it for very short casts, but nothing more.
I do see that it can be helpful for beginners with the "phone pick up" explanation (hello? it's for you) where the back cast is essentially straight up-and-down and the forward cast is like handing the phone to someone.
I'm very, very happy with my own style but am very interested in how other people cast and the mechanics of it, etc. It's cool to me.
Lefty Kreh (who casts an obvious elbow to the side style) mentioned last year that in his trips to S.A. and experience with fly fishermen there that NO ONE casted with an elbow in front style unless they were taught to do so by a white ma
. He said they cast a fly rod like they'd throw a spear -- which no one would do with their elbow in front of their forehead.