CASTING: THE LEARNING IS FUN
Mel Kreiger, in his seminal work The Essence of Fly casting writes, “Learning to cast is fun, each plateau fueling an eagerness for the next”.
As anyone who has embarked on the journey through fly casting will testify, Mel was oh so right! Fly casting is fun and learning to cast is fun. Breaking through plateaus, (we all have them) makes you feel like you are on top of the world.
And there will be no better place in the world to have fun learning fly casting from the beginning or breaking through your own casting plateau than the International Fly Fishing Fair (IFFF) this year.
You will have ample opportunity to learn fly casting from the beginning… in such a way that it provides a solid foundation for future progress. You can also learn new casting skills, specific casts, how to practice, how to double haul, how to cast farther, how to cast more accurately, and how to cast more efficiently. Learn about two-handed casting. Learn about teaching casting. In fact, we do not think there is anything that deals with casting that you can’t learn this year at the IFFF.
To help you learn, and have fun doing it, there will be an astonishingly wide array of casting workshops… all taught by FFF certified Master Casting Instructors, Two-Handed Casting Instructors, or a Board of Governor. And often, these workshops are taught by teams of master instructors. Any way you look at it, it is teaching by the world’s best instructors. And every one of these workshops will be available to you at a very nominal charge!
And to compliment the workshops, casting demonstrations will be held every day and are equally diverse, informative, and sometimes very entertaining. This is a great way to pick up that tip or bit of new information that propels your casting to a higher level…small things can make a big difference in casting. Demonstrations are fun to watch and are FREE!
The “Casting Rendezvous” is back by popular demand and consists of a very informal venue with an open format. It’s available to anyone who wants help with a casting problem, wants to learn a new cast, or wants to just tighten up those loops a little. If you have reached a plateau that is proving difficult to break through, then the rendezvous is for you too. The Rendezvous is led by Jim Valle who serves on the Board of Governors and is a Two-Handed instructor; he will be assisted by a group of very talented casting instructors. Go by and meet Jim and his crew…you will be glad you did for they are truly master teachers. And by the way…the Casting Rendezvous is FREE!
Also back by popular demand is the 5-weight games. The games are fun and provide a lively but friendly spirit of competition. With both amateur and pro divisions, participants perform an assortment of predefined casts and are scored on each cast. Prizes will be awarded for each category!
Something else that you might find valuable; The FFF’s Casting Instructor Certification Program is the world leader in fly casting instruction and is governed by a select group of individuals that make up a governing body…The Board of Governors. The board will be meeting during the IFFF and thus the IFFF represents a wonderful opportunity to meet with any of the Governors to ask any questions that you may have about the program. It’s a great opportunity if you would like to know more!
So we heartily invite you to come and share the fun and delight of successfully learning more about fly casting at the 2013 IFFF. We hope to see you there.
Steve Hollensed, Casting Chair
Dave Barron and Tim Lawson, Casting Co-Chairs