May 10, 2012, Livingston Manor, NY — The Castskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum is proud to announce the acquisition of the Dave Chermanski Rod Casting Simulator on April 28, 2012.
This one of a kind machine was one of the best-kept secrets in the fishing tackle industry for nearly 35 years. Less than 30 people, prior to 2011, had ever seen or heard of the Chermanski Casting Simulator (CCS) despite the fact it provided important data concerning graphite and fiberglass fishing rods that benefited the entire fishing industry since 1977.
The primary objective was to describe and document the mechanical features, operational capabilities and diverse testing projects of the CCS as part of a package being donated to a fishing museum. Dave selected the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum just three weeks prior to his untimely death on March 17, 2012. The CCS machine now resides in the center of the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum.
Based on the many testing projects and test results, composite materials and design concepts in the course of a 16 year period, the CCS provided numerous important and revealing insights to some major fishing topics. The chronicles of this unique machine were documented and manifested into treatises on casting mechanics, flyrod performance, fishing reel drags systems, fishing rod dynamics, fish fighting techniques and fly line characteristics.
Dave’s manuscript to the chronicles are highly technical will require extensive study before this machine is put back into use. The CCS will remain in the center of the museum until it will be appropriately takes its permanent home in the planned Catskill Rodmakers Workshop this fall.