Not to hijack here but since you are all talking about practice casting in the yard I thought I'd ask.
I was told by the local FF shop owner to not practice on grass sat can mess put the fly line. Basically said over time, all the little sharp edges of the lawn will cause abrasions on the line. Any truth to this?
By the way, since I just got into FF again she looks at it two ways.
1). Just one more hobby to spend money on. Hey, I have a job too.
2). My young son is getting FF gear too so it is good with her.