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Ronan's report

Wednesday 03 April, 2013

When I started fly fishing 27 years ago (in age of twelve) I soon felt high motivation to become a good fly caster. At that time most fly fishermen I met were self taught. Only a few had joined an official fly casting lesson and even less had joined more than one lesson. In my area (northern part of Germany) we didn't have a single certified instructor nor did we have any well known instructor. So I didn't have a clue about fly casting lessons and why maybe to join one. The first time I came in contact with a casting instructor was 6 years later while fishing for Sea trout in Denmark. Simply I met him guiding his client along the same beach I was fishing. A week later I became his client either.

That day I made the first step in becoming a better fly caster: Recognizing I was a poor caster having quite significant problems in managing anything that might have been called a good cast!

Today it's quite different. We have a serious amount of certified instructors available in many places. And then we have all the internet forums which beginners and advanced fly fishermen sign in to ask for help in fly casting. Usually they immediately get the advice to join a fly casting lesson first of all. I think it's fair to say the first step is made easier today then it was 27 years ago.

What I think is very important in becoming a good fly caster even when joining one or more fly casting lessons, is to understand the important steps:

Step 1: Recognizing there is a problem or just serious potential to improve in one's casting.

Step 2: Getting to understand the causes for all problems as well as understanding the basic elements of fly casting.

Step 3: Having proper exercises helping to learn controlling the elements of fly casting one by one. In case of problems one needs exercises helping to heal the cause(s) efficiently.

Step 4: Getting the motivation to practise regulary.

Personally I recommend to meet a fly casting instructor or another experienced fly fishermen having the abilties to check one's casting at least once a year. Otherwise it easily may happen, that we end up practising the wrong movements and one day will be frustrated, because of all practise didn't work out the way we thought it did. Simply we may arrive at step 1 again! ;)

Right now we are having an interesting discussion about the importance of a fly casting instructor helping to imrove compared to the physical and the sensomotoric abilties everyone may have in order to become a good fly caster. Personally I believe almost everyone can become a very good fly caster with the help of a proper teacher. Yet I still have to meet a self taught caster which I feel to be on a serious high level.

Those great casters I met yet did have a few things in common:

1. High motivation.

2. Lots of exchange with other great casters (teachers included) about fly casting knowledge.

3. Proper regular practise.

No, I don't believe it has to be that much of practise as some may think now. But it has to be proper practise and it should be done regulary. Short sessions will work out well. 45 minutes once or twice a week can work very well for sure.

Hopefully I could make YOU thinking about your casting right now. I would love to read your experience here on the board

All my best


p.s.: Once you start practising regulary you better be aware of the CASTING BUG to bite you. I got bitten many years ago and never could stop practising on an almost daily basis ever since.

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