Fly casting needs practice.
Like any activity which involves complex body movement, fly casting needs some training.
Being out on the water and fishing is not casting training. It's kind of similar playing an instrument. There is no time during a gig to practice playing guitar. You need to rely on your aquired skills. During fishing there are no ressources available in your brain for thinking about casting mechanics in detail.
As a certified FFI Fly Casting Instructor, I love to teach casting mechanics in private lessons or workshops for groups.
The best way to fast progress, is getting some private lessons.
Usually six hours for covering the essentials is fine.
After that you need to practice on your own. The best way is to practice several times a week. The sessions doesn't need to be long, its more imortant that you train regularly.
Getting another couple of hours at a later time, for covering more advanced concepts, has to be proven reasonable.
Learning fly casting together with a group is big fun!
While less focused on the individual student, everyone in the group will benefit from the others. Usually there is also more time in between inputs from the instructor, to try out and practice, what you just heard.
Seeing others doing things right (or even wrong) during the session will also teach you about examining fly casting. As in fly fishing, there is so much to learn from watching others doing it.
As a group you will also benefit from a reduced hourly rate. Check the pricing below.
Fly casting basics
- Grip and stance
- Roll cast
- Pickup and laydown cast
- The five essentials
- Tackle handling
- Line management
- Loop formation and control
Advanced fly casting
- Double Hauling
- Presentation Casts
- Slack line casts
- Reducing power / Silent rod casting
- Private Lessons: CHF 90.-/h
- Private Full Day: (6h) CHF 450.-
- Group Workshops: (6h, min. 2 / max. 4 persons) CHF 250.- p.p.
I soon worked into a comfortable rhythm – cast, mend, swing the fly, step downstream and cast again. The fly began to drop perfectly in the small openings in the irregular bank. Casting effortlessly, I felt I could practically will the fly to the distant targets. Orange light moved over the barren hills and flickered on the moving water. The colors deepened and the magic of casting and the hour became even more intense. Exultant and feeling completely alone, I started to sing loud snatches of songs, unthinking and a bit wild as I fished through the pool. I knew that I did not want a fish to disturb my fishing.
– Mel Krieger "The Essence of Fly Casting"
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