Hello everyone! Run off is starting and the snow is still falling in the mountains. I wonder how it will shake out?! There are plenty of opportunities still in our tail waters as well as warm water species. Now is the time to tune up your casting for the upcoming dry fly season. Go out and practice casting, send me some questions about your challenges and maybe even schedule a lesson! We’re so fortunate in Colorado with our fishing resources!
Speaking of resources, I hope this edition of the newsletter is helpful for you! I’ll be covering the secret to good fly casting as well as some items about catch and release. The secret to good fly casting is something to which I have an entire lesson plan dedicated. Consider that for your fishing group! Catch and release is a practice I’ve been asked about and recently been researching with regard to how to do it best.
Finally and unfortunately, the Questions and Suggestion Box section of this newsletter has been a dud! I’m going to give it 2 more newsletters before I remove it, but sweeten the pot for you a bit. From now on, if you submit a question or suggestion, I’ll give you $5 of lesson time. These are cumulative: if you submit 3 questions or suggestions, you have $15 of lesson time. That would bring the cost of a one hour lesson down to $35! You can use them for yourself or give them to some one that you think needs it. (Be diplomatic!)
UPCOMING EVENTS AND INFORMATION
Casting Clinic at Anglers All: 6/10 from 10 am-12:30 pm: : Distance and Double Haul. There is still room in this clinic. $50 gets you focused instruction, casting practice drills, more distance and control. Improving your distance cast improves all of your casting! Sign up by calling Anglers All at 303-794-1104.
Casting Clinics at Charlie’s Fly Box; 1:30-3:30 pm on 6/10, 7/15, 8/12: :2 hours of casting instruction for $50. A great value! Come to learn about the topic of the day or bring your own questions/problems and get answers! Sign up by calling Charlie’s at 303-403-8880.
Create your own event: : 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. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
QUESTIONS AND SUGGESTION BOX
The Questions and Suggestion Box section of this newsletter has been a dud! I’m going to give it 2 more newsletters before I remove it, but sweeten the pot for you a bit. From now on, if you submit a question or suggestion, I’ll give you $5 of lesson time. These are cumulative: if you submit 3 questions or suggestions, you have $15 of lesson time. That would bring the cost of a one hour lesson down to $35! You can use them for yourself or give them to someone that you think needs it. (Be diplomatic!).
Send your questions or suggestions to email@example.com
THE SECRET TO GOOD FLY CASTING
So, we all look for the secret to things: some idea or concept or physical thing that will unlock the mystery of what you are trying to perform or achieve. The industry has made great strides in making quality gear that is about as user friendly as one can get, and that is to their credit, but gear isn’t the secret. Some of you know that I like to carve wood. I wouldn’t be able to do it well if I didn’t understand how the gouge or chisel interacts with the wood and its grain in order to achieve a crisp, clean result. Part of that is sharpening, the rest is understanding how to manipulate the tool.
What does wood carving have to do with fly casting? Conceptually, everything! I don’t care how much money you spend or don’t spend on gear, you will not be a good caster who can adapt to different situations if you don’t understand the relationship between caster, rod, line and the resulting loop. The secret to good fly casting is loop formation. Once one can see the loops and knows how to form good loops, another world opens up: that of loop control. I have a lesson plan for a 3-4 hour clinic on this very topic!
ASK THE INSTRUCTOR
Yes, I really did get this question from a student recently! At the end of the lesson, he asked, somewhat reluctantly, if he was good enough to go fishing. My answer was a resounding yes! Many people fly fish that have never taken any lessons about anything to do with fly fishing---they just go do it. Although that’s not what I recommend, there is a certain attraction to that freedom that I understand. After encouraging the student to go fishing, I told him to call or e-mail me with any questions or schedule another lesson to correct problems and deal with frustrations of the beginner. I’m happy to share knowledge about any aspect of fly fishing I can. There is no better teacher than experience---as long as one pays attention to cause, effect, and questions causes unknown.
I get this question at least once every year! It’s really about catch and release. In the last 2 months I’ve been studying whatever scientific data I can find on this. Here is a summary of data, expert opinion and recommendations I have found. Also, I highly recommend looking at the superb website www.keepemwet.org
I don’t have a problem with people legally harvesting fish, but let’s perform catch and release techniques as well as we can when we want to preserve the resource. My “confession” is that I’ve unintentionally done everything that causes increased mortality of trout. Those days are over. There are pictures on my website that need to be scrubbed since the very presence implies approval. Fair warning: if you are not a catch and release fly fisher or feel that “grip and grin” out-of-water photographs are more important than fish survival, stop reading now.