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Old 11-18-2013, 10:13 PM
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Bought my first fly rod when I was 15, that was a long time ago.

Failed miserably trying to learn on my own, fast forward to 2013.

Started a job on the Farmington river working with an avid fly fisherman, so out came my old rod, and lunch breaks turned into casting lessons.

I finally spent the time to put together the rod blank I bought several years ago, something told me if I build a rod it will be easier to learn? And I'm trying again to learn to tie flies.

Well building a rod didn't make learning to cast any easier, but I'm not making cracking whip sounds any more.

Thanks to those that have helped the new learning process, I still have an old rod, but at least I'm getting half a clue on how to use it.
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Old 11-18-2013, 10:20 PM
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Old rods are cool with me, I don't use the first one I ever bought but I use the same one now for 35 seasons. Just stay with it and before you know, you'll be teaching someone else

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Relax and enjoy the process. Don't let it stress you out. If I ever showed up at a casting contest, no one there would have anything to fear. Nevertheless, I can get a fly to a fish, and get a fish to take the fly. I'm not a real technical fisherman, and I fish to be out and enjoy the day.
Sounds like your lunch hours are time well spent. Make it fun.
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Not officially a flyfishing guide or instructor yetbut....go on with your casting lessons ,train in your yard...try to cast with eyes closed...ask your fishing bud to stand behind you and hold your hand while you cast...learn to roll cast....it's easy.here are a few tricks I use with complete beginners
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