Lessons and Practice (Again!)

Posted by on Feb 1, 2010 in Fly Casting | 0 comments

It’s an already recurring theme but in the run up to my casting assessment I think most of my posts are going to contain at least some reference to practice!

On Saturday I met Andrew Toft, the main focus being single handed spey casting but it delved a wee bit further into other aspects of the syllabus. By the end of it I was conjuring some mediocre single and double speys on grass but now knew the exact motions to go through. The end of the lesson ended up talking about the 75′ cast and smoothness. Andrew got me using a much reduced casting arc and really smoothing things out with a longer haul, the result was fantastic.

I then met up with a couple of friends and did the usual faf around casting! Sunday saw another day of the Glasgow Casting Club, just a short demo on double hauling and some standard practice. Dam cold day with the pond iced up again.

Today I managed out on the river for a couple hours to practice my speys. What a difference today after Andrew’s lesson! Was very happy with the results, my jump rolls, double speys and right hand should single speys were good. Off shoulder single spey left a bit to be desired. More practice on this for sure! One funny thing is when you’re down on a river in the middle of a public park in an urban area – you get a crowd watching! Oh yeah and the water was so dam cold, had to come out twice to warm my toes up!

I’m doing a bit of reading, research and questioning, trying to prepare myself for casting knowledge questions I may be asked. Aitor from Sexyloops has been incredibly helpful, emailing me with hints, tips, questions and feedback. Other on Sexyloops have been incredibly helpful too, it’s a fantastic place for all help on matters casting. Really appreciate the help!

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