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Ronan's report

Friday April 20th, 2007

  1. Is it necessary to stop the rod on the backcast while false casting to form a good loop on the forward cast ?
  2. How are loops formed ?
  3. What happens if you don't stop the rod on the forward cast ?
  4. How are tailing loops formed ?
  5. Is it best to have a beginner false cast many times prior to laying down the fly ?
  6. Is it better to instruct and correct a beginner by watching his/her casts continuously or is it better to allow him/her sufficient time for self discovery ?
  7. Does your arm or your wrist do the major work when casting?
  8. Is the backcast important as well or is the forward cast the only important part of a cast ?
  9. Does it matter if your back cast not straightened out, when you start your forward cast?
  10. Is a single haul made with your casting arm only ?
  11. Is the speed of your backcast important for your forward cast ?
  12. Does the straight path of the rod tip during acceleration contribute to achieving a well-shaped casting loop ?
  13. Is line speed the most important factor in casting distance?
  14. Will a properly executed reach cast result in a straight line from the rod tip to the fly ?
  15. Does your casting stroke have to be kept as short as possible to cast long distances?
  16. Does your casting stroke have to be kept as short as possible to cast short distances ?
  17. Does any good cast have to result in the line and leader being straight?
  18. Can loop problems be cured by applying power to the rod smoothly ?
  19. Do "wind knots" occur more often on windy days ?
  20. Are "wind knots" caused directly by the wind ?
  21. What does a caster do wrong when he finds "wind knots" in his leader ?
  22. Do you feel the line to be straight on your backcast because it "tugs" the rod ?
  23. Should you watch your backcast from time to time ?
  24. How many false casts have to be made before laying down the fly ?
  25. How do you get a sinking line out off the water to preparing it to make another cast?
  26. What happens if you twist or open your wrist on your back cast ?
  27. What can you tell me about the stops if you want to cast a tight loop ?
  28. What do you have to do if you are a beginner and you want to catch fish ?
  29. What is the advantage of a single haul ?
  30. Which is the most useful cast ?
  31. Do you need certain requirements to become a good caster ?
  32. Which is the best place to stop the rod and form the loop on the forward cast when you present the fly?
  33. What is most important for a good back casts?
  34. How do you cast a heavy nymph or a streamer ?
  35. What is the mark of a good caster ?
  36. What is the most common cause for tailing loops ?
  37. How are wide open loops caused?
  38. What is required for effectively cast into the wind ?
  39. Why have most of the beginners problems with the roll cast?
  40. What is the most common casting mistake of a beginner ?
  41. What are the advantages of a tight loop ?
  42. Is a smooth cast most efficient while casting a basic cast ?

This Year EFFA annual meeting2007 will be on "my" lovely River Ribnik. Finally, they will came in my yard, but I am not there. So, I'll not became Instructor this Year :) More about Master Test on Sexyloops: European FFF Masters.


p.s. Wonder where the no flip flops rule came from Paul. ~E

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