Latest Blog Post: First Post of 2013
The new year is here and I decided that I would try to be a little more active in postings. I started out thinking that the first post should be a plan for the year, but my plans aren't very mature. So I decided to review last year in the hopes that would shed some light on new goals and trips. Not much there in terms of help. Although I did learn that I drove 2,965 miles on fishing trips last year, possibly helping to explain the condition of the DeLorme Texas Atlas and Gazetteer shown here.
I bought the Atlas when I bought the Explorer, 164,000 miles ago. Fortunately the Explorer is in much better shape than the Atlas, probably because I've done some ..Read more
Casting and Fishing Instruction
Whether you are getting ready for that once in a lifetime trip to jump tarpon or just workin' over the bass in your favorite stock pond, casting instruction with a Certified Casting Instructor can make your fly fishing experience more enjoyable. Harry Crofton, a Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor and a Texas Parks and Wildlife licensed freshwater guide, has put together a program of classes and casting clinics that provide something for everyone. Casting instruction is based on the five essential elements of fly casting that make up all casts as identified by Bill Gammell and his late father Jay. Individual and group instruction can be provided.
If you don't have any fly fishing gear don't rush out to make a purchase for your class. All equipment is provided. Redington and Sage equipment are used for all classes. A loaner program is also available, enabling you to practice while you decide on a purchase.
Fly casting and fishing instruction, like many things, has a series of different levels of proficiency. Classes are structured to start with the basics of a simple cast with the goal of casting 30 feet with good, efficient form. A typical request is from someone that has been invited to go fly fishing with some friends using guides and drift boats. For them the key is to get a good, serviceable 20-to-30-foot pick-up-and-lay-down cast with a 5 or 6 wt that will work from a drift boat so that they can have an enjoyable experience. This sparks a level of interest that requires additional casting skills for fishing drys, nymphs, tandem rigs, mending to get the 'drift' just right, adding length to the cast, learning to 'haul', casting in the wind, casting from technical poling skiffs, and more. Intermediate and advanced instruction are structured to develop a better understanding of the casting fundamentals so that additional skills can be added easily.