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Ronan's report

Sunday 24th August, 2014

I think I'm back On Strike today because Anvar is driving across the top of Europe from Norway to Russia. If not I can run this and more on Monday. I'm back at Latohegy in Hungary at the moment, Romania next weekend, the Hungarian Sexyloops Meet Sept 13/14th, some fishing in Bosnia and then I'm out of here for a while.

I have to say that it's very nice living in one place - maybe that's because I don't live in one place all the time. But having a gym on my terrace, lakes and forests I can run around and through, a river on my doorstep - which this year hasn't been in good form... yet - is all rather interesting. Not as interesting as roughing it perhaps and sleeping under the truck, but it's all fun just the same.

I guess I'm a bit of a rolling stone because I really don't see myself every settling down properly. But I do enjoy my time here, in this obscure part of the world, just the same.

An interesting question came up twice now in the past week as to how to become a better flycaster. And there are several ways, which all involve structured practise and learning from others - maybe in a lesson. One of the more serious ways is to try to become an instructor - it's a bit weird but it seems to work. The other way is to compete. I do both of course, but if you're not actually intending to teach I would recommend the competition route. In addition the level is higher.

The way I've done it, as have others too, is to find friends who are interested in casting and to host competitions. There is nothing that will raise your game more than regular competition. If you are interested in pursuing this route then post on the Board; there is a wealth of experience on how to make this happen.

Incidentally I disagree with something Bernd wrote last Wednesday, that physical condition doesn't matter. I don't see how that can be possible. We are turning the rod over and hauling as fast as possible. If it doesn't matter then we haven't reached that skill level yet, because I'm quite sure it will. Many competition casters physically train already, including many in the 5-weight finals. The guys who stand out for me and the ones who not only train their cast but lift iron too. How can it not be any other way?

Cheers, Paul

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