I finally had a nice day to get out and try some casting for the first time. (Just FYI, in this part of the world the lakes are frozen solid right now). It wasn't a windy day, and it seemed I was getting a decent cast at first... then the leader bound up into a spider's nest of tangle. I cautiously untangled the line and began casting again just to find it knotting up again and again. I tried to watch what I was doing... but that made matters worse. My line hit the rod as it passed from back to front on a couple casts. The final tangle left me feeling pretty down about the whole thing.
I've been reading everything I can find and I've watched a few videos so I thought I'd be ready to practice a few simple casts.
Any ideas what I can try next?