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Old 04-20-2006, 02:17 PM
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I have fished my whole life (for bass using spinning and bait cast) and just started fly fishing. My question: How important is it to read books and DVDs to learn fly fishing. So far I have had some success knowing how to use current and practicing casting in the back yard. I like learning things on my own but this is a lot like golf. Very relaxing and stressful at the same time.

Are books and other learning tools worth the time and money?

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Old 04-20-2006, 06:20 PM
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I believe books and DVDs offer the fly fisher an inexpensive way to improve and refine their techniques -- whether it be understanding the parts that go to make up the "fly fishing system" of fly, leader, line, rod, and reel; the fly cast; or fighting the fish.

Find one you like and use it as a reference, not just a one-time read. The fact is, you won't remember the details.

I've always found it remarkable that a capable golfer practices the craft and the average fly fisher doesn't. A failure to practice In golf costs you strokes; in fly fishing, it costs you fish.

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Old 04-21-2006, 10:19 PM
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Default Learning the gentle art

No question in my mind … books and videos can help you master the gentle art. However, you cannot “read once and forget” and expect any of them to be effective. They are a teaching resource and should be used as just that; sources of information on techniques that will help you overcome your mistakes. They do little good without repeated study. When learning tactics and techniques, there is something to be said for rote memory … review over and over again until you know, without doubt, that you are emulating the author’s instructions.

Most folks, unfortunately, don’t do this. They read an article and a week later try to put to put into practice “what they learned.” The problem is simple: they did not really learn anything. Learning requires practice, something that many fly fishers don’t care to do. In teaching the fundamentals of the fly cast, I insist the student carry my booklet outside during his or her practice sessions on grass. Why grass? Because there are no fish to distract their efforts.

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Old 04-30-2006, 01:47 PM
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There are many excellent books and video presentations
which are great tools for mastering the gentile art of fly casting.
Even though these resources are an outstanding starting point,
it is worth going to your local fly shop and seek out an instructor
in the fly casting discipline. As stated, fly casting is much like
learning the golf swing. Many of the fly shop owners, are more
than willing to give you a few pointers. This says alot for the
guys who make a living in the fly shop business. By and large
they are a great bunch. There passion in helping new people
get started is one of the engines that drives this gentile sport.
Having said that, you have got to practice. If your
blessed with a casting pond in your area, that is the place to
go. Good luck.

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