No. 9 – Fishing Tips
11 September 2015 | Paul Procter
During our formative years when wafting carbon about, we were constantly reminded to relax our hold on the rod handle. What happens is that a gentle grip allows our muscles and joints to move freely, which ultimately improves performance. Yet, as we’re all unique, the sensation of gripping a rod handle differs for each and every one of us, leaving us to ponder that 64-million dollar question, “How gentle is gentle?”
Analogies are great tools for imparting knowledge, and one that has served me well when teaching is to liken the grip of a fly rod to a tube full of toothpaste, minus its lid. Your hold should be snug enough so that the tube doesn’t slip, yet relaxed enough to prevent toothpaste from oozing out everywhere! Equally useful is to imagine you’re holding a soft fruit, like a peach. Again, the grasp is firm, but not so tight as to bruise or tear the fruit’s skin. So remember, next time you unlatch a fly to throw at some huge shape, take several deep breaths and try not to crush the cork!