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: Improving my casting

10-15-2006, 07:00 AM
I think I'm a decent fly caster, but there's always room for improvement. Problem is, I'm not really sure how to work on my casting in an organized way. Can anyone point me to a link or book on how to approach this? Thanks in advance.

10-15-2006, 09:08 AM
I made a conscious decision at the start of this season to improve my casting. I didn't have any specific problems in mind but I just knew I could be better and decided to do something about it.

My approach was to go back to basics and work on things like loop control, casting plane, accuracy, controled tailing loops etc. I also decided to spend time learning to cast left handed.

There is a non-commercial site called "virtualflycasting dot com". Its actually dedicated to resources for casting instructors but it does have a lot of interesting stuff. The Federation of Flyfishers site has a number of recommendations on books & videos.

10-15-2006, 10:10 AM
Josko -

I think the best thing to do is to focus on an aspect of your casting first, then progress to others. That way you won't have ten things going on at once which may make it hard to pick out the most important, etc.

Let's start with the application. You are clearly a universal angler, so I couldn't begin to guess - but let's say you wanted to work on tightening the loop to cast in wind (as a striper guy) or curve casts with gentle landing (on the Deerfield) or quick loading accuracy (for Andros).

Casting in general is about generating, directing and releasing forces. How these kinetics are to be applied is what leads one down a specific path of discovery.

10-15-2006, 10:45 AM
If you have a video camera you might want to try recording your casting, to look for areas that need improving.

10-29-2006, 10:53 AM
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