There’s no excuse for poor flycasting

If you would like to learn the fundamentals of flycasting or perhaps you are an advanced caster looking to tweak a few things to add distance or control I am available to help and am passionate about watching people become better casters.



Flyfishing is a wonderful sport full of adventures and endless gems and tricks to learn. The truth remains that we will always be learning and growing in this sport.  At the heart of our chosen passion is flycasting, there is simply no way around it. Better casters generally catch more fish and , I'm sure, enjoy fishing more.  I guess I'd enjoy golf more if I didn't spend so much time in the rough, the bunker or the water trap too!  You see, without a good fly cast we lessen our chance to catch fish. Now I'm not talking about becoming the equivalent of a Tiger Woods, I'm just talking about the flyfishing equivalent of hitting the ball straight, staying on the fairways and making controlled putts.

Put most anglers in front of a fish on a perfectly still day with a small fly and a short 20-30 foot cast and the fish is probably an even bet of being caught.  Take the same scenario with the fish 70feet away, put a large fly on the leader and shift the wind onto the anglers casting side and the fish has a very,very strong chance of staying right where it is, un-molested.

Being satisfied with the bare minimum of casting ability is bound to rob you of a lot of joy on your fishing travels.  It is very rare the wind doesn't blow, it is also rare that a saltwater fish stays still or sits within 20 feet of the angler begging for the fly. Trout can require precise casts or varying skills in mends or off shoulder casts as well. It is a rare chance the fish sit within your perfect range within the favourable windage.

To quote a good flyfishing mate "No-one has ever been able to give me a single reason as to why they shouldn't become a better caster" or "Why strive for the lofty heights of mediocrity".............Thanks Morsie:)

The skills required to be a competent caster are actually very, very easy to learn and require only some routine practice. When teaching I often remark that the only difference between a bad caster and a great caster is practice.

Flycasting does not take athletic ability, mental prowess or good looks (i'm proof of that!). Instead it requires a solid foundation from a good teacher and then some time in the park and on the water.

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