09-25-2008, 08:02 AM
Re: Dusty Wissmath
I took this class last night. I felt a bit out of place as this was really a beginners class. All of the people there had never fly fished before so it was a "ground up" start. One lady had never fished before much less fly fished. Which I think is great. She had no bad habits to unlearn. Strangely, she showed up with a $600 Orvis rod. Don't know what type, tho.
Like onemorecast said, he gave a quick overview of the grip, the mechanics behind casting (both bodily and the rod) and did some short demonstrations. He started everyone on the Roll cast and turned to the standard cast. After this, he had everyone move to an open spot (we were casting in a park with soccer fields. There were teams there practicing, but there was alot of room) and begin casting. He would move from person to person giving tips.
I moved a bit away from everyone because I felt really out of place. I know how alien it felt the first time I started to cast so I didn't want anyone to think I showing off or anything. I chose a spot, then found a divot in the grass that was about the size of dinner plate. I guessed a distance of about 30 ft and started casting to that spot.
He finally got around to me and said that my loops looked fine, although I had a bit of a tailing loop sometimes. He gave me a few tips, but said I was doing fine. After watching me a for a moment, he said, "You've had a class before, right?" I looked kinda sheepish and said, "Yeah." He just smiled and said to keep it up.
I got to hitting my target consistantly with my 4 wt so I moved back about 5 or 6 more feet and let out more line. Once I could get it in the area (within a foot of the divot), I moved back a bit more and started again.
He helped with my roll cast a bit as I still have a bit of trouble with that. When we were leaving, he (and the local fly shop owner who was hosting the school) said I should come back for a more advanced class. I want to learn the double haul.
I didn't know what to expect, but I got some good practice in.
He's definately a good instructor. He teaches the instructors at Joan Wulff's school. Anyone who gets a chance should take his course.
It's not the heat, it's the stupidity.
What manner of jackassery will I be subjected to today?