A relaxed shoulder-arm overhand cast with thumb on top of rod grip is among the least pain-producing fly-casting situations, according to a 2020 Vanderbilt University orthopedic study. Due to its minimally greater mass, slightly more effort and a momentary pickup delay are the only differences in making a cast with the 9-weight Loomis fly rod that Keys/Everglades captain Mark Chesser is using and a similar length 5-weight outfit.

Casting a fishing rod should be relaxing and fun. When pain joins the picture, something’s wrong.

And despite the annually anticipated river shenanigans from our “water influencers” (Bureau of Reclamation), great fall fishing begins now. Long fall hours on the water are more enjoyable sans casting pain. As a veteran of Tiger Balm, Voltaren and Biofreeze and gulping Aleve, I’m experienced in this situation.

Paul Bruun writes every other week about adventures and misadventures in the great outdoors. Contact him via columnists@jhnewsandguide.com.

Paul Bruun grew up in South Florida, the son of a newspaperman and avid outdoorsman. He's been fishing, guiding, writing and editing in Jackson Hole since 1973. His Outdoors column appears biweekly in the Sports section.

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