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Getting The Most Out Of Your Cast With Practice.
Many thanks to Bob Cheatham for submitting this article.
Practice, Just Do It!
By Bob Cheatham,
FFF Certified Casting Instructor.
Does a golfer practice only when he plays a round, a tennis player practice during a match, a basketball team practice only in March, a fly fisherman practice only when fishing? Practice is a word that seems to strike fear into fly fishermen. Hopefully, some of the following tips will help you to look forward to getting out and practicing. Although this was written with the neophyte and beginner in mind the principles can also be applied to the more knowledgeable fly casters.
1. Know what your goals are for your practice session and stick to them
Your goal can be anything from just a pickup and lay down to double
2. Don't work on more than two things in a session.
3. Don't try casting for distance. Stick to casting 25-30 feet of fly line
4. Get some hula-hoops and lay them out for targets. Try laying three
hoops out starting at 20 then 25 and 30 (they don't have to be
in a row). Having something to shoot for makes things much more
challenging and interesting.
5. Don't fight it. If you are having trouble with a cast and it just seems to
get worse the harder you try, then stop and have a beer.
6. Try false casting but not overhead casting like you would normally do
when fishing. Do the false casting horizontally from left to right. Start
with 20 of fly line and concentrate on stopping the rod and experiment
with the length of your stroke. When you get proficient with 20 move to
25 then 30. Don't skip ahead in length because things will change, such
as the length of your stroke, and you don't want a sudden change you
want it to be gradual.
7. Now that you have had a good time and learned something in the
process try doing number 6 and add a double haul to it. It is much
easier to learn or improve your timing when double hauling with a
horizontal stroke rather than an overhead stroke because you don't have
to fight gravity.
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