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Using the Smart Watch App

1. Mount the watch on the rod

Items needed: Android Watch with watch band still on, fly rod, 3 inch rubber band. (if your watch doesn't have an internal speaker, you can pair it with Bluetooth earbuds or a Bluetooth speaker to hear your casts.)

Step 1: Loop the rubber band a couple times at the front of the rod grip.

Step 2: Place the watch on top of the blank and pull its watch-band back under the rubber band.

Step 3: Grip the rod with a thumb-on-top gripe style. Hold the watch band down against the grip with your thumb.

2. Launch Skill Shaper

Install it, if you have not already done so and click on its icon: 

3. Select a Skill (optional)

If you want to change the type of feedback for SkillShaper to produce, scroll the watch screen upwards and select one of the checkboxes that appear

"Main Stroke" is the default skill setting, selected automatically if you don't change it by hand.  SkillShaper will reflect the force (acceleration) of your rod along the path of your cast, throughout your whole stroke. The more the force: the higher the pitch and louder the sound will be.
Being able to make your strokes start slowly and accelerate smoothly to a crisp stop is the key to an efficient cast. It translates into making longer casts with less effort.

"Sideways"  If you want to hear it when your stroke is veering sideways, select the "Sideways" skill option.  Now you will hear a high-pitched tone as the rod veers to one side or the other of your main stroke. To develop the muscle memory of a straight cast stroke, practice casting until you hear no sound at all.

"Stroke Stop"  To focus on what is happening when you are stopping your strokes, check the "Stroke Stops" checkbox. There will now be no sound during the the main portions of your back- and fore-casts, but you will hear it when you put on the brakes at the end of each stroke.
Sharper stops make higher pitched sounds than looser ones. And other things being equal, the cast with a sharper stop will be one with a tighter loop. Controlling the size of your loops by controlling the crispness of your stops is a critical skill, especially when casting in a wind or reaching for distance.

4. (Optional) Pair with a smart phone

The watch can be paired with a phone and stream its accelerometer data via Bluetooth in real time.

You might do this for several reasons:

1. No speaker. Your Smart Watch does not have an internal speaker. A phone can play the sounds while you cast.

2. More volume. You want the sound to be louder than the watch speakers can make - perhaps so others can hear your casts while you are casting.

3. Data. (Available in upcoming releases of the phone app)
If you want a data file of casting sessions for later review and analysis. The phone app can create a text file from the sensor data and send it to your email account.  There you can store it, look it over, and perhaps analyze it with our SkillShaper Desktop Analysis app.

5. Start a casting session

Press the green START button. This turns on the accelerometer in the watch, starts the sound-playing program and if the watch is paired with a phone, starts streaming the data to the phone.
As you start moving the rod around, you will hear it, and you will see numbers changing on the screen. These are the accelerometer readings (in gravity units) on the 3 axes of space relative to the watch face: left/right, up/down and close/far.

Begin casting - and listen to your movements.

6. Stop a session

Press the red button labelled STOP

If you had been paired with a smart phone, you can send a data file for the session to your desktop for later review and analysis.

Go to the phone screen and press the SEND button at the bottom of the screen. Wait a few seconds while the phone's app processes the data and creates a data file attachment.

Then follow the on-screen instructions to email the data to the email address of your choice.

Be sure to obey the "Pease Wait" messages before proceeding at each step!

7. Close the app

Click on the "QUIT" button.

 

Smart watch app

Needed items:
Rod, rubber band, smart watch

Smart watch with rod and rubber band


Mounting the watch

Images of watch mounting process

 

2. Watch Screen (Start/Quit)

    Watch Screen

 

 

3.Scroll screen down for options and Select a Skill option

    Watch Screen showing options