Archive for June, 2013

British Fly Casting Club

Before we get too involved let me explain that the British Fly Casting Club (BFCC) is purely a distance casting society.  The Venue for yesterday (15th June 2013) was the Rugby Club at Park Hall Camp, Oswestry, in Shropshire.  This used to be a Royal Artillery Camp, but the old Officers Mess and the associated grounds now plays host to Oswestry Ruby Club.  The weather was forecaste to be wet and windy, but as ever they were wrong, well just a bit out, it was blustery – there was no doubt about that, but apart from a few showers the day remained occasionally overcaste, with sunny periods.  Quite pleasant in fact. 

To continue, can I say that at this point I am NOT looking for the sympathy vote, but due to advansing problems with arthritis my walking and standing for any length of time is to say the least limited, so the dreaded wheel chair has had to be wheeled out, sometimes being used as it was intended, and quite often when getting from one place to another (especially on rugby pitches) as a rather large Zimmer Frame, and even when the end of the day came and it was time to clear up, it did have some uses as a wheel barrow.  Quite versatile then.  Having said all this, as you can imagine, casting from a wheel chair has it’s draw backs, trying to get any distance from that position is another ball game altogether (not to mention challenging, and interesting at the same time).  For the morning one of the more senior and more qualified Members was allocated to give me some tuition, this I might add was as much a learning curve for him as it was for me.  We eventually came to the conclusion that for accuracy work – as would be required in the assessment programes of GAIA, or the IFFF, both of which I am a Member – that the nearest we could get to a ‘closed stance’ was to have the chair square to the target, and leaning well forward, whilst performing a high back cast and a low forward cast.  For distance work we quickly realised that the chair would have to be at aproximately 45 degrees to the target line, and that due to the number of snagging points there are on a wheel chair, a line tray is essential.  During these events there is a time limit for each event, so I am going to have to work on the best method of retieval, there is obviously a need for a hand over hand retrieve, but where to put the rod poses a small problem.  IT WILL BE SOLVED.  The other thing that had to be addressed was the Haul, had this been carried out in the normal way it would have resulted in the ‘hauling’ hand crashing into the arm of the chair, the answer seems to be instead of hauling toward the ‘left trouser pocket’ is to haul in a horizontal plane – at about ear level.  There are probably more questions to be addressed over the next few weeks/months/years, but as I have said before they WILL BE ANSWERED.

Now for the results of my efforts – which resulted in the award of my 25 yard badge and as you will see (if it hadn’t been for the unpredictable nature of the wind to our rear) should have been 30 yards, anyway that’s my excuse and as usual I’m sticking to it.

#5 (borrowed from friend Bernie)……………… 82 feet 7 inches

#7 (Airflo, Airlite Nantec, 9ft 6″)……………….. 87 feet 8 inches   

ST27 (Club gear)……………………………………..84 feet 5 inches  (This event uses a single hand #9 rod with a shooting head line, which is difficult  to airialise to say the least, and I have every respect for those members who consistantly get vastly better results than I did.

All in all a great day, which as usual was well organised and with a lot of friendly faces, not to mention those who it seemed could not do enough for me, insisting on carrying my gear and assisting me in any way they could, Mike Marshall, Mike Herritage to mention only two, (Name dropper) and my friend Pat Stevens, thank you all, that was a great day.  My only whish is that there were one or two more meeting a bit nearer home, come on chaps (and chapesses) despite all the stories we are a warm friendly lot in the North and North West in particular.