02-24-2010, 11:43 AM
Re: Best way to practice in the winter?
John Geriac has mentioned the older cats are a lot like tough trout.
They don't fall so easily. So cat casting/tease is beneficial for more than practice casting.
I think it gets you in the fish hunting mode. I have an old sink tip (just the tip), and a rod end I found. I tye cat flies, (they like big wigglies). Hours of fun. (Remember to break off the hook.)
Practicing a bad casting stroke, doesn't help. Unlearning is much more difficult, than getting it right from the start.
Get an experienced casting coach, (not just a "casting friend"). Video him, then you. Compare at home. then "sleep on it".
I think, "the drift" of your fly is far more important than the cast, but you do have to get it there first.
A perfect thirty foot cast, (statistically) is better than a crappy sixty footer.
Dan has mentioned limiting the false casting thing. Pick it up, put it down. Perfectly.
Like the old guy told me,"You can't catch fish with your line in the air."
Ultimately, it's not catching fish that satisfies, but knowing how.