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After the lesson

Karen is ready to go fishing. Seeing as how I am having such great success in the salt what with breaking rods, and getting flattened by large breakers, I'm hoping to take Karen out very shortly. I might get her to bring her surfboard along as, although we have arranged for her to be given a couple of rods, they have yet to arrive and so we still only have one rod between us. (Sponsor take note) :-)

Anyway we also have a couple of videos. Teaching Karen is great fun as this video should truly attest. She is of course, like all Australians, completely mad, but this is something with which I have become familiar. After a while you just pretend not to notice

In an unsuspecting moment she also took one of me. I actually prefer these movies to the other ones I am busy taking a they are 'real' and not set-up.

Karen: HA! HA! Paul in his natural state. Always the best is the unexpected. I must say an excellent cast.

Paul: Worth breaking down at the end to watch the casting stoke...

Karen's after the lesson comments

As Paul and I approach our destination of lesson two:
“OOOOPS” We have done it again, the decision whether to go on, or to go back, became very apparent after Paul had remembered 'petrol', and the gauge showing empty. And so just as the long way around was great for my exercise, the scenic drive through the woodland was, well…….. 'scenic of course' .

Reaching the destination:
In reaching the destination we have become aware that the breeze is onshore and quite strong, but do you think that discouraged us, no way! Onwards we go…… It is FREEZING! Paul decided to take advantage of this natural condition. The lesson then became casting into the wind. I will tell you, it is very difficult indeed, for a learner of course.

The lesson involved revision of the forward cast and the roll cast. I found I really needed to revise. It did take me some time before I had confidence in my casting ability. Casting into the wind was very competitive. It took, it seemed, forever to perform a good cast, or, should I say, the best cast I am capable of at this stage (which, is rather good, I think).

I have mentioned before that I have the pleasure of being able to use either hand, under different conditions. To my surprise, after practising for so long casting into the wind, I found that using the less dominant hand was more useful than using my dominant hand, since the less dominant (the right) hand, is much more gentle. Therefore, the cast was excellent.

Anyway, put a snag on the barbie……..!

Paul's after the lesson comments

See???? Completely barking!

Look I didn't forget about the petrol (totally). It just so happened that I remembered the fact that my car uses petrol, albeit some 5 miles past the last petrol station. And so we had to go back. With regards to the scenic woodland walk: I often find it appropriate to take beginners for a relaxing stroll before the rigours of flycasting. And besides I like woodlands.

Yes it was windy. Karen, of course, thinks that we arrived facing the wind by accident. Who am I to tell her otherwise?

At first she found it very challenging. However as soon as she had mastered it (and believe me, you have never seen such determination) her confidence knew no bounds. I was delighted (or 'stoked' to use one of her surfing expressions).

The left hand / right hand bit is interesting. Although her right hand was definitely her best casting hand this lesson, last lesson it was her left hand! The fact that she has grasped the concept that flycasting is a skill and not a matter of brute force, takes her to a new level: she can now flycast.

Now we have to stick a fly on the end...

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