Notes on Teaching Fly Casting

Some more interesting ideas can be found in the following link to an article by Bruce Richards and Dusty Sprague:

https://tinyurl.com/y4yufal8

The first point in that piece has brought me some mildly embarrassing memories:

A couple of years ago I gave a Spey casting course to two anglers that were preparing a salmon fishing trip abroad and wanted to up their game with the double handed rod. I knew one of them from a previous course; he fly fished for trout and salmon. About fifteen minutes into the lesson I noticed that something wasn’t going properly judging by the face expression of the second student.

—Just one question —I said—, do you fly fish for trout?

—Yes —he replied—, but I use spinning tackle.

So I had been talking to him about loops —and all that stuff exclusively related to fly fishing with a fly line— without checking first if he knew the terminology… which he, obviously, didn’t!

Lesson learned!

Engineers vs. Poets Revisited

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Slow motion filming session. Photo Álvaro G. Santillán

The late Mel Krieger classified casters into two broad groups: engineers and poets. The first group is formed by those who need to know how things work in order to learn them; the other one relies more on feeling and doing those things than in any analytical approach.

Mel didn’t make any qualitative distinction between the two groups; although he himself was a poet instructor, he never dismissed those more inclined to the engineering way of seeing things. In fact he saw both views as equally valuable and complementary. Continue reading