500fps Fly Casting (Hi-Res + Data)

This is an on-going collection of 500 frame-per-second (fps) fly casting videos from Norwegian physicist, Grunde Løvoll. Some of these videos were used to generate data for “The Rod & The Cast,” which Grunde and I wrote back in 2006 (and first published in the Japanese “FlyFisher” magazine).

These videos are not directly viewable here at FF&W, instead they are provided as zipped (.zip) downloads (any modern Mac or Windows PC should be able to unzip without trouble). This way, you can watch them on your own computer (and save me a potential pile of bandwidth due to replays).

These videos each present something interesting to the viewer, including things such as a virtual “broomstick” that really shows the advantages of a flexible rod, a tip-path trace, and numbered tracking dots on the rod and line. If you dig this kind of thing (and better yet, if have the software to mess around with it), enjoy. If you don’t care much for dozens of megabytes worth of slo-mo casting, just skip the downloads.

Cast m1 (3 versions):
NOTES: Copyright 2010 Grunde Løvoll (grunde (at) fiskekroken (dot) org)
The caster is Mathias Lilleheim.
The rod is a T&T PA905-3.
The video is recorded while false casting 10 meters (outside the rod tip) of a AFTMA 5 line + a regular trout leader.
The videos are released under the CC Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/)

m1_2p_broom.mpg.zip

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m1_forward_with_smooth_tipline.mpg.zip

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m1_forward_with_tracknumbers.mpg.zip

Data from cast m1:
NOTES: These graphs do reflect some “noise” in the data—the cast is not oscillating up and down in speed rapidly. You will also note that the first graph includes additional data from a cast named “a1.” If you want to see a smoothed version of some of this data, check out “The Rod & Cast” article.

The line segments/tracking points refer to the first and second dark marks, respectively, on the line in the video(s). Chord length is the measurement taken from the tip of the rod to the butt of the rod. It has a relationship to “load-shift,” which is a concept that will also show up here at FF&W going forward.

Cast a1 (2 versions):
NOTES: Copyright 2010 Grunde Løvoll (grunde (at) fiskekroken (dot) org)
The caster is Andreas Fismen.
The rod is a T&T PA905-3.
The video is recorded while false casting 10 meters (outside the rod tip) of a AFTMA 5 line + a regular trout leader.
The videos are released under the CC Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/)

ma1_2p_broom.mpg.zip (8.9MB)

a1_forward_with_smooth_tipline.mpg.zip (13.5MB)

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