In the movie A River Runs Through It Brad Pitt is seen doing a cast so beautiful that it makes a grown fly fisherman cry. This cast was named the “shadow cast” and it was actually performed by Jason Borger, who runs the Fly Casting Institute.
Now, Jazz & Fly Fishing has developed a new, more effective Shadow Cast. The video below introduces this new way of fly casting. Poetry in motion perhaps describes it best.
Jazz & Fly Fishing has launched
The Shadow Cast Competition 2011
Are you the next Shadow Master?
Head judge is none other than the grand Shadow Master and inventor of the original Shadow Cast, Jason Borger!
A couple seasons ago I swapped fly rod for camera and followed my friend, Rich Zellman as he cast for winter-run steelhead. Over countless days, eye traced rod's path, over and over again. And over again. This is what came of that effort.
If you're a devotee of the casting nuances of the slow action fly rod, a student of its historic ties to our sport, or just like the thrill of moving in close to actively feeding fish, consider the new CIRCA a reward for your years of dedication.
But be warned: the CIRCA does not mimic the type of slow action that has so far defined the category - overly soft, willowy and flat. Instead, thanks to Konnetic technology's ability to compact and align more carbon fibers into a smaller diameter blank, we were able to design a radically narrow taper throughout the length of the rod, resulting in consistently slow, yet responsive action from butt to tip.
The new CIRCA is a technologically advanced slow-action fly rod that honors your slower, more deliberate casting style, yet is every bit a Sage.