Casting Instruction Class Descriptions
Dates for all casting classes are posted on the Home Page. This page provides a description of what you can expect to learn at any of the classes offered by the Texas FlyFishers.
Intermediate Fly Casting – Learning the Essentials – Where do tight loops come from?
The intermediate casting class entitled Learning the Essentials is typically limited to 10 students. Details on dates for the class are captured on the home page of the website.
The intermediate level casting class builds on the initial essentials taught in the Beginning Fly Casting class and expands to include all five essentials of fly casting. It’s a relatively technical class with an emphasis that is chosen because it lays the fundamental building blocks required to perfect most casting skills and to make you a better fly fisherman. This intermediate class must be completed before participation in other intermediate or advanced classes. In this series of classes you will learn:
- The five essentials of fly casting.
- The rod tip must travel in a straight line path.
- Vary the size of the casting arch according to the line beyond the rod tip.
- Pause between each cast; vary the stroke length and the timing.
- Power must be applied at the proper place at the proper time.
- Keep slack to a minimum.
- How to analyze your cast and make adjustments to correct common problems.
- Practice drills that will help you build your casting skills in a step-by-step manner.
This course is taught in two or three 2-hour sessions: one indoor classroom session and two or three outdoor sessions. The club will provide 5 wt rods, reels, fly lines and leader for those who don’t have their own gear (not likely at this point). Because safety is extremely important, everyone will be required to wear eye protection and a hat. We are in Texas, sunscreen and insect repellent are always wise.
Intermediate Casting – Double Haul Clinic: The beginning of an addiction for which there is no cure
One of the essential tools needed by most flycasters is the double haul. Its power in increasing line speed and distance to the cast makes it the cast that flycasters ultimately need to be able to perform to achieve greater control over their fly line. Once learned, many experience casters find it difficult to stop hauling.
Details on dates for the class are captured on the home page of the website.
This short clinic is designed to give the intermediate casting student the ability to use hauling techniques in their everyday casting and to start casting greater distances than can be achieved with a single hand cast. You will learn to:
- Single haul, used to increase rod load and line speed in one direction.
- Double haul, which is a haul on the back cast and a haul on the forward cast.
- Shoot line properly in conjunction with the haul to get the desired results of a well directed tight loop, at a greater distance than could be achieved without the haul.
Because this technique requires casting skill and coordination, the student must first complete the Intermediate Casting Class, Learning the Essentials. Class size limited to 6.
This is a single session 2 hour clinic conducted outdoors near water. The club will provide 5 wt rods, reels, fly lines and leader for those who don’t have their own gear (not likely at this point). Because safety is extremely important, everyone will be required to wear eye protection and a hat. We are in Texas, sunscreen and insect repellant are always wise.