If the boffins are now drawing analogies between fishermen and baseball (“It’s like pitching a cotton ball at major-league speeds”) I think I know where my cast is going wrong.
Science site Discover has turned its attention to the The Whip-Like Physics of Fly fishing and have mercifully expressed their findings in words of no more than three syllables…
“Following the moment of peak energy, the arm’s snapping force passes through the rod to the flexible tip, which then wiggles back and forth. This motion translates the force from the arm to the speed of the line and fly. Because momentum—created by the arm, absorbed by the rod, and passed into the thin fishing line—must be conserved, the tiny mass of the line achieves tremendous velocity”
Now, far be it from me to question men of science but somewhere in the lab there seems to have been a breakdown in the theory-practice continuum:
“The characteristic crack of the whip results not from the tip’s snapping to the ground but from its literally breaking the sound barrier, producing . ‘Obviously, fly-fishermen aren’t interested in making mini sonic booms when they try to catch fish,’ Kommers says. Fortunately, the design of the leader and the fuzzy fly at the end of the line make that very hard to do”
Oh really…? It seems I may have something of a gift, then.