01-23-2011, 03:11 PM
Re: class starts next week
Vince, sounds like you're going to be off to a good start with the class-- and you're asking great questions.
There's a lot of book learnin' you can do by reading-- but actually being able to do it is another thing entirely. Getting some hands on instruction sounds like a great idea.
Inside in the class you'll probably discuss a ton of stuff including knots, basic entomology (bugs), fly patterns, maybe a local hatch chart, rigging, casting dynamics etc etc. And you can probably find a lot of this info on line or in books to read up on to refresh or expand your knowledge.
But here are a couple things where hands on in-class demos, or visual aids are going to be helpful:
-knots- at a minimum being able to tie a double surgeon ( tippet to leader) and improved clinch (tippet to fly)
-some pictures of different trout stream insects in various stages of their life cycle. You should be able to recognize: mayfly nymphs, duns and spinners, caddis larva (cased and free living), pupae, and adults, stonefly nymphs and adults, and some examples of fly patterns used to imitate them.
Dry fly vs wet fly vs nymph: recognize the differences between different types of flies.
fly tying: explanation of dry fly vs wet fly hackle, pinch wrap, mastering the whip finish (the final knot to finish off your fly). Examples of different types of vises and tools.
-How to remove a hook from your guide (it would be helpful to know how to "snatch" a hook to remove it if you stick yourself or your buddy)
Outside will probably include some casting on the lawn or pond and some actual time in the stream side.
Getting some coaching on your casting will be very helpful to get off on the right foot-- key aspects, as Rob mentioned will be feeling the rod load with your fly line, the timing (letting line straighten out behind you on your back cast before you start the forward cast), smooth acceleration in your stroke and sudden stops at the end of your forward and backcasts. And having a chance to feel how rods with different actions behave with different lengths of line in the air would be great to find out what suits your casting style best. In addition to the basic cast, it would be helpful to also learn a "reach cast" for presentations on moving water and a roll cast for when you don't have room for a back cast behind you. (You'll need to cast on water to practice the roll cast.)
Streamside- hopefully they'll be some time spent on:
- "reading the water" pointing out holding lies, current seams, and tailouts, lips, runs, etc.
-recognizing water that's likely to be unproductive
- wading to get in position to cast effectively
-how to mend line in order to get a decent drag free drift.
-upstream dry fly presentation
-wet fly swing down and across
-how to fish a nymphing rig maintaining contact with the bottom
- seining for insect life or at least pointing out different caddis cases or active insects to give you an idea of what to look for on stream.
- wading safety and where to stand, where not to stand (one of the most common sins people make... well, OK, that I make ... is standing where they should be fishing)
Hope this helps some-- good luck in your class--- and feel free to ask questions here. Good luck!