Fly Casting (for beginners & those looking to improve)
Fly-fishing may be somewhat difficult to master but certainly not to learn.
There is an old saying that perfectly sums up Fly casting, I assure you it is true. "An afternoon to learn and a lifetime to perfect". Most importantly is recognizing that learning to cast a fly rod is a relatively easy process, based on understanding and applying some mechanical skills which are required to create a consistently functional cast.
Learning to Fly-fish is a separate undertaking from Fly casting (at least initially) which, when and if at all possible should begin after having gained the fundamental skills to create an effective cast (even a little bit). Sounds daunting? It is not!
We are firm believers that the process of learning to cast should take place on the grass to begin, no rising, slurping, splashing fish to create distractions and loss of focus and coordination (I assure you as a seasoned Fly-fisher, a large rising fish has an amazingly negative effect on co-ordination and the normally elegant presentations of the most experienced Fly-fishers).
Generally, an hour perhaps two, spent on the grass with a good instructor is sufficient to generate the mental "click" of sub-conscious and conscious recognition of what yields mechanically, a successful cast. At this point you will be able to recreate at will the mechanical steps needed to achieve a fully functioning and effortless cast time after time. It is at this point that we will transition to the shores of a still body (lake or pond) of water where for a short time anyway it is likely that you will get the overwhelming feeling that you have learned nothing. Yikes!
Honestly this is (should be) a brief occurrence, as your expert instructor will have anticipated this moment and having already recognized what terminology and energy transfer analogies you best identify with, he or she will dial you back in to your casting groove, with the added knowledge of how the surface tension (resistance) of the lakes surface on the Fly-line is used to your advantage.
At about this point you will likely begin really enjoying the prospect of laying a fly out across 40 feet or so of glassy water to that large slurping trout. Oops! Here we go again, what do you do now? Time to learn to Fly-fish!
I promise that at this point you likely will cast technically better than many anglers you may meet who have been flailing at the water without instruction for a summer or two. Really!
If you really want to learn the way of the Fly-fisher join us for a multi-day destination program. You will not only learn to cast and fish and tie flies, you will journey to incredible places in the Canadian Rockies and each day will yield experiences and memories that will likely bring you back again and again.