In fact, it may be the primary reason my passion for fly fishing hasn’t wavered during the past 25 years. I love the feel of casting and in recent years I have spent untold hours casting nothing more than a small scrap of yarn. When speaking with clients about casting, I consistently, some say incessantly, talk about the importance of practice if one wants to continue to improve. You need not concern yourself with finding access to water front or a casting pool as your practice sessions don’t require water. A large open space is all you really need.
Because of my personal desire to improve both my casting and teaching skills, I am always on the look out for casting books, informative blog posts and videos. In the coming months, in effort to share some of the highlights, I will post links to some of my favorites.
I will start with a couple of blog posts from Gink+Gasoline. The first discusses the five essentials of a good cast (The Essentials). You will find variations of these essentials or principles in books by Lefty Kreh and Ed Jaworowski. The second link elaborates on a couple of the fly casting essentials in a post entitled “Fly Casting Made Simple.” This post describes three of the most common fly casting mistakes. As they say, we can learn from our mistakes.