It was the first time I've lifted a 12 weight since last summer and, if I'm honest with myself, I regretted not getting it out to practise with earlier. I always forget how different the 12 seems to the lighter gear. I spend most of my time using an 8 and don't really find there's much of a transition when I go the 10, but the 12 always needs a bit of work to get to terms with. Especially when it's for flats fishing with big flies. The offshore work I do in summer still needs practice, but is just easier from a casting perspective.
Luckily I've still got 3 weeks to get my hand in, which will be enough to get back to making a good, fast shot with a 6/0 brush fly or NYAP... provided I can keep my head. The added bonus of the time pressure means I won't be tying too many unnecessary flies either, probably.