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Welcome to the Fall 2018 newsletter. Hope you enjoy it, and if there are questions, comments or suggestions for topics for the newsletter, please let me know. This newsletter is for you, and if you have interest in a particular topic, chances are that there are others with the same interests. In the meantime, I try to present topics relevant to all of your fly casting and fishing needs. Speaking of relevance, please note the topic “How do I cast streamers?” in the I Get Questions section.
Thanks to all who took lessons this past year! I hope you have found them helpful and that you continue to practice. Some of you are fly fishing club members and are planning talks for your group. Please remember that I’m available for group presentations as well as group lessons. Presentations are usually in power point format and have been well received. Just contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.
UPCOMING EVENTS AND INFORMATION
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Create your own event: I love teaching groups! Put together a presentation or clinic for your group! It can be a fishing group or a group of interested people that don't fish yet! I can help you tailor instruction to your group's needs.
Lecture/Discussion Presentations: I have found these can be extremely helpful for groups. I have multiple topics available and even simply one entitled “Casting Q and A”. These are done at no charge usually. See the website for more details.
30 with 3 lesson packages: I am now offering 3 one hour lesson packages for $150---a $30 savings. This will make a great gift for someone, including yourself! Times and location will be scheduled individually.
Fly Casting Fundamentals Class: Six one hour lessons comprise this class designed to help the caster achieve at least Bronze level fly casting skills as outlined in the FFI Fly Casting Skills Challenge. This can be done on an individual basis or in a small group. The price is $300, the same as for 5 lessons, which is a $60 savings. Great for beginners, novices or those just trying to improve their skills!
Video Casting Analysis: If a picture is worth 1000 words, a video is worth far more. You will see things you had no idea were occurring with your casting motion and learn how to correct them. Define and rid yourself of bad habits! Clients will be given practice methods to improve their cast. The minimum time needed for this is 90 minutes and the cost is $80.
Casting Instructor Certification Mentoring: Instructor certification from the FFI is an accomplishment that will help you become a better instructor as well as caster. Let me help you understand the expectations of the exam and become a better caster and teacher! I mentor exam candidates and administer exams, so I understand the tests and what it takes to pass. Most importantly, it will help you be the best teacher you can be in all phases of fly fishing.
THE 5 ESSENTIALS OF FLY CASTING
This is not a casting paradigm, or “how to cast” article. Rather this is a description of 5 essential elements that must be included in each and every cast. There are fairly predictable things that happen when each one of the essentials is violated. When each of the essentials is met, a beautiful cast results.
I GET QUESTIONS
Anyone who has casted streamers knows that it’s like someone just played a dirty trick on you by attaching a sinking Rapala to the end of your leader. There are ways to make this easier and here’s how. If you have questions about details, please contact me!
Adjust your leader and tippet. Make sure the tippet is the appropriate size. Use the “rule of 3”, which means take the fly size and divide by 3. This is the approximate tippet size. For a size 6 fly, tippet size would be 2X; for a size 8 fly one could use 2X or 3X, your choice. The length of tippet can be 6-18” which depends on water clarity and light level. The leader can be 6-8 feet, and shorter for a sunken line. The fish that eat streamers are typically not leader shy.
Consider a streamer line. These lines are designed by manufacturers to cast heavy flies. They are often up weighted (the Scientific Anglers Titan 6 wt. line is actually an 8 wt.) and have line mass pushed toward the tip which improves control and turnover of the heavy fly. Using a heavier line on your rod (within reason) is not harmful. If you don’t want to purchase a dedicated line, make sure the above adjustments in leader and tippet are present.
Slow down and open up your casting loops. I consider a good fishing loop as 4 ft. or less top to bottom leg with a relatively straight top leg. Make your streamer loop 4-5 feet and slow down your cast. You do this by slightly opening the casting arc. You may need to narrow the loop a bit and pick up the line speed in windy situations, but overall the above should work well for you.
Learn and use the Belgian cast. This cast looks like an overhead cast, but the significant difference is that there is no stop on the back cast. The line/leader/fly is kept under constant tension as it is swung around and then cast forward. This softens the extreme tug of the back cast with a weighted fly and avoids the accompanying recoil and slack often responsible for tangles. This cast can also be used to change directions. Remember one must still stop on the forward cast as this helps loop formation and delivery to your target. Hauling can help, but only if your foundation cast is adequate.
Learn and use the roll cast. If you don’t already do this, you should—for all your fishing. With streamers, roll casts get the fly to the surface before lifting into a Belgian cast. Also roll casts can be used to cast the streamer to the next target. Keep in mind that with a heavy fly and sink tip, one may need to roll cast more than once to free the fly from the water before the delivery cast.