Radical Ultralight Fishing and the Flip Cast

     A few months ago I saw a video that sparked a flame of curiosity.  It was shot with a high speed camera and showed the great Texas fly fisherman Joe Robinson demonstrating a series of casts with a spinning rod.  Casts that I had never seen before because the evolution of spinning rod design had long made them obsolete.  Mr. Robinson's term for this style of fishing was called "threadlining".
Photo Credit to Scott Wallace
     Threadlining was the use of extremely specialized gear to cast 1/64th-1/4th ounce lures to highly pressured bass and trout in crystal clear waters.  I quickly became intrigued by this specialized fishing style.  Not just because of the lack of effort in the cast, but because the gear was fascinating.  The rods are custom made from 0-3 weight cut down flyrod blanks, and the antique bail less reels were spooled with 7x fly tippet.  Not fishing line, just the tippet you attach to your tapered leader to turnover a fly at the end of a cast.  This is the radical edge of ultralight fishing and the catch potential of this style is off the charts.  Not necessarily huge fish, but lots of them.  Plus with the learned rod control that will come with mastery of the flip and snap cast, I should be able to get those little echotails into some pretty tight spaces (under trees, bridges, docks, etc).
     I have had some success playing around with the ideas, and only with more practice will I know if the theories work around southern Wisconsin.  For more information check out the video below or follow the link to buy a copy of Joe Robinson's book, at www.piscatorialabsurdities.com.
     Tight Lines.

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