Fly Casting Instruction

Lefty Kreh said it best, “If you can’t shoot you shouldn’t hunt.”

Fly casting should be instinctive.  To keep your eye on the target and place the fly where it needs to be without thinking.

This can only be accomplished by repetitive practice with a proper casting motion.

Practicing with an improper motion does more damage than good.  Building bad casting habits can be hard to break.

I have had lots of fishermen (and women) tell me they have fly fished for years only to watch them flail away on the bow of my boat to the point of embarassment.

The point of the matter is most not all freshwater fly fishing doesn’t require the three most important requirements to saltwater fly fishing, especially sight casting.  Speed, distance and accuracy. Period.  It is easy to fake it in the freshwater.  Some have done it for years.

People also tell me that casting for freshwater fish is different than saltwater.

Hmmm…  Actually not.  It is exactly the same to make a short accurate cast and a long accurate cast.  The casting stroke might be shorter but the motion is the same.

As a guide of over 30 years I have heard every excuse.  For instance, ” It’s too windy, this fly is too big/heavy, the fish was on the wrong side of the boat, I was too excited, etc.”  All can be overcome with an proper casting motion.

I am not a typical nagging guide.  As long as I am asked to, I offer casting instruction on all of my fly fishing trips at no extra cost.

I also offer private lessons on and off the water during the months of July and August as well as November through March.

All ages and skill levels.  Whether you are wanting to get started fly fishing , just looking to add extra distance to your cast, learn to double haul or add a skill like dropping a fly on a backcast.  From tackle selection to leader construction and rigging.  I can help make it happen.

Call, text or email for details.

Tarpon fishing in the Florida Everglades with Captain Mark Bennett