I've been going to a local physical therapy place (Kitsap
Physical Therapy) where they have been working on my
right shoulder. (That's the one which has had two rotator
cuff surgeries.) I guess it is pretty obvious the first surgery
failed or I wouldn't have had the second one. I know I'm a
glutton for punishment, but that's too much even for me.
Anyway, the therapy really is helping, and in fact the head
therapist, Rob, suggested we try taping the shoulder to give
it additional support. Well darn, that is just terrific! I go in
a couple times a week, have the therapy and then get taped.
It is wonderful to have someone who excels at his chosen
field willing to work with me to get me healed up and
functioning properly. He knows what we do, in fact he,
and another therapist there are both fly fishers. Rob has
been quite concerned about my ability to ever cast again.
Don't panic! This really is interesting, stick with me.
As Rob is talking about me casting, he is making an extreme
casting motion with his elbow quite high, nearly to his shoulder,
and arm away from his body.
I interrupted him and asked what he was doing?
He said, "Casting."
To be fair, I don't believe he has ever had any casting instruction
(believe me, he will) and he is probably typical of a lot of
self-taught fly fishers.
I took a few minutes and demonstrated the correct casting
motion so he could see the shoulder for the most part isn't
going to affect my casting at all. To be honest, if I was in a
lot of pain with the shoulder, it would affect my casting. But
one of the reasons for the therapy is to strengthen the right
arm and shoulder. Just that will help keep it from hurting.
While he was taping me Friday he asked if we had watched
the girls beach volleyball in the Olympics. I said we had - and
had noticed a couple of the girls were taped. One with a shoulder
taped very much like mine was. So if you saw the gals (and guys
too) with some black stuff on their skin, it wasn't tatoos, it is a
special kind of medical tape.
JC was waiting for me in the reception area, and talking with
one of the office staff. She has the front/main page of FAOL
up on their computer and she and JC were in the process of
doing a search for HOW TO CAST. Just in case you haven't
ever seen this, or somehow 'lost it' do me a favor. Go to
HOW TO CAST, print it out, take it outside with your rod
(all set up ready to cast) and follow the instructions. It works.
Yes, it really works.
If you are having trouble with your casting, fix it. Your fishing
life will improve so much you won't believe you ever had a
problem. Your casting should be so automatic that you don't
have to think about it, you just do it. You can do this, just
get 'er done. ~ The LadyFisher
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