By Skip Clement
[dropcap]A[/dropcap]ccording to one of my grandchildren, Luca, via his teacher mom, my daughter, the acronym BODMAS lets you know which order to solve mathematical problems [or sums]. It’s essential that you follow the rules of BODMAS as, without it, your answers can be wrong.
The BODMAS acronym is for Brackets (parts of a calculation inside brackets always come first); Orders (numbers involving powers or square roots), Division, Multiplication, Addition, and Subtraction.
NOTE: Of course I didn’t know that – my daughter explained it along with other acronyms that solve Algebraic basics… and so on. At 80 years old I was sent back to 4th grade with my grandees and not as an exceptional student – more like ‘given’ a passing grade because I could teach my intellectual peers how to tie flies [art class], and they loved learning about “fly fishing.”
It’s not a stretch
So, in fly casting, there is a BODMAS too, with an acronym I’ve yet to make up – and it’s not what you’d expect, but if you think about it, the roll cast solves fly casting problems [or sums]. In the case of “getting it,” a roll cast is the basis for all spey casts, and the breastfeeder of the overhand or overhead cast and not a stretch.
Over the years of combing the net for good videos about fly casting, I found many. The best of the older vids belong to Joan Wulff and Lefty Kreh, and today we have Maxine McCormack, a California teenager, and Steve Rajeff of Loomis, both world champions. But for the current explainer in chief for teaching by the show and tell method is Carl McNeil of Epic [Swift Fly Fishing Company] who shares my applauding the roll cast as BODMAS.