Learning to fly cast and doing it correctly is much the
same as mastering the golf swing. You learn the mechanics of
the golf swing on the driving range and putting green, and the
fly cast on the casting pool or on the grass. Either discipline is
challenging to say the least. Just like the different shots in golf
the many different fly fishing casts require practice,practice,
practice. I realize this is like preaching to the quire, but it would
be interesting to know how often you guys practice?
We have a great fly fishing club here in Grants Pass and
a neat casting pond. Its strange, that even with this pond,
very few folks avail themselves of its benefits. Grants Pass is a
picturesque area and just getting out for a little casting
practice is salve for the soul. We have a few excellent fly shops
here and some great casters. Anyone of them is more than
glad to help a person with their casting problems. Well, nuff
said. I'm sure this bores you guys to tears. But, practice makes
Like Mike, I pretty well only "practice while fishing". I realize that this is far from being the ideal time, with live fish to distract you and all, but I can't help but think of practice time as fishing time. The exception to this is when I haven't used my big rod in a while and will be using it. Goiong from the 4wt to the 9wt is quite a jump, and the timing adjustments with the cast and the haul need some adjustment.
Wise words my friend! I followed golf for years and never once heard of Arnold Palmer going to the practice tee. (I can't believe I said that...) Practice doesn't make perfect; it makes you better. Even with a bad back, I still practice 3 to 4-times a week.
I encourage - make that "demand" - my students devote a minimum of 30 minutes three time a week to casting practice ... off the water. They are not exercising to catch fish, they are exercising to master the cast.
Things are great out here in God's country. Lot of rain
this year and it looks like many of the fisheries will really benefit.
Have to agree with one statement. "Practice makes you better."
There is only one guy who is perfect and we know who that is.
Heading for my bunker on that one. Yikes. I try to hit the pond
for casting practice a couple of times a week. The pond is the
place to try all the experimenting. On the water ya might miss
the big one. Cheers,
When you are practicing, what are you practicing ?
I know that may sound like a dumb question, but are you casting for distance, accuracy, what ? All these come into play when you are in the water. I do agree that with the others "practice makes you better". When you can master dropping that dry so it looks so "ah natural" to that trout 2' below the surface you have just begun your journey. Personally practicing in the water is best. If you are in a more wide open area take some time & experiment, don't be afraid to try new casting techniques. When I've been teaching a friend I always take him to wide open water until he becomes more comfortable.
Cannot fault your logic. How some ever, when ya ain't
out fishin it don't hurt to practice at the pond. I practice the parts
of my cast that are giving me fits. Fly casting lets me take the
edge off untill I can get out on the water again. Hope this finds
ya well and appreciate your comments. Cheers,
Practice doesn't make perfect! Perfect practice makes perfect! You want to be sure you are doing things correctly. Our fly fishing clubs have an hour before regular meeting for casting on a nearby pond. I have at least one rod rigged in my garage and pick it up a couple times a week and go through some simple drills on the lawn. Always starting with a short line and keeping it in constant contact with the tip as I false cast, slowly increasing line length. Trees with low branches allow side arm practice, sprinkler heads and mail boxes are good targets. As a guide, I am on the water frequently but also fish on days off. In Florida, weather isn't a problem. On a windy day, I will practice casting in the wind. The last thing I do is a few casts for distance.
Doug's book is excellent, and highly recommended!
I compete in casting, and its as fun to me as fishing! An order to get good at fly casting, you have to practise! Now, I live in the Colorado mountains at 9200 ft altititude! With snow and sub zero weather in the winter it becomes hard to practise! However, quite a few of the contests that I participate in are in the winter months! Its not unusual for me to be at a park on the weekends, where the field is covered with snow, and I am out there practising! Let me tell you, it pays off!
I am not yet a very good caster. I go to the local park and practice every once in a while. Not often enough by any means. It has helped. When I am in Idaho we are on the golf course so I tend to practice in the evenings there more. I try and feel my rod load, cast a little longer, and when that feels good I practice accuracy. Seeing how it drops and saying to myself, "ok, that was good. How did I do that". Consistency isn't there yet.