What to Expect From A Casting Lesson

Your casting lesson starts with a review of your prior fishing and/or fly-fishing experience.

If you are a beginner, we will go over the equipment, including proper assembly, care and maintenance, as well as gear selection considerations. We will also discuss the uniqueness of fly-fishing and how it differs from other types of fishing.

Next, it’s on to the casting mechanics. Proper grip and rod arm mechanics will be emphasized.

For beginners, you will learn the roll cast, basic cast, false casting, and shooting line.

We will also talk about ways for you to practice your new skills.

Beginner's lessons usually take place on the water so be ready for a lot of casting practice.

All equipment is provided. The student should bring hat, sunglasses, jacket or raingear, and appropriate footwear.

For experienced casters, your lesson will start off with you demonstrating your typical cast. During this time, I will be analyzing your cast, looking for areas to improve both your skill and efficiency. The lesson proceeds with working on your cast from basics to advanced concepts. Each lesson is individualized depending on the person’s needs and fishing interests.

Bring your own equipment if you like, but I can provide equipment if needed and will have weight forward floating lines for casting practice.

Lessons are generally 2+ hours and conclude with a review of which skills the student needs to focus on and which tools will help them do this. There is time for additional questions and answers during this time as well. Beginner students will receive additional materials to help introduce you to the sport of fly-fishing.

How to get the most out of your casting lesson

First, you should discuss your learning needs and goals with your instructor.

Be prepared for the weather. A jacket or rain slicker may be needed; if it is cool, bring layers. If it is sunny, bring your sunscreen

Be prepared for a lot of casting. Fly casting is a skill, and like other sports, skill building requires repetition. You may make hundreds of casts during your lesson.

Have fun! This is supposed to be fun, so have an open mind, relax, and enjoy learning a new skill or be kind to yourself and allow yourself to develop new habits

Ask questions. The same explanation will not work for everyone, so ask questions if you're not sure or something is unclear. The goal is for you to understand and be able to then practice on your own as you perfect your skills.