Dates for all casting classes are posted on the Home Page. This page provides a description of what you can expect to learn at any of the classes offered by the Texas FlyFishers.
Beginners are encouraged to participate in the Fly Fishing Academy. Refer to the Education page for more details on the Academy.
The intermediate casting class entitled Learning the Essentials is typically limited to 10 students. Details on dates for the class are captured on the home page of the website.
The intermediate level casting class builds on the initial essentials taught in the Beginning Fly Casting class and expands to include all five essentials of fly casting. It's a relatively technical class with an emphasis that is chosen because it lays the fundamental building blocks required to perfect most casting skills and to make you a better fly fisherman. This intermediate class must be completed before participation in other intermediate or advanced classes. In this series of classes you will learn:
This course is taught in two or three 2-hour sessions: one indoor classroom session and two or three outdoor sessions. The club will provide 5 wt rods, reels, fly lines and leader for those who don't have their own gear (not likely at this point). Because safety is extremely important, everyone will be required to wear eye protection and a hat. We are in Texas, sunscreen and insect repellant are always wise.
One of the essential tools needed by most flycasters is the double haul. Its power in increasing line speed and distance to the cast makes it the cast that flycasters ultimately need to be able to perform to achieve greater control over their fly line. Once learned, many experience casters find it difficult to stop hauling. Details on dates for the class are captured on the home page of the website.
This short clinic is designed to give the intermediate casting student the ability to use hauling techniques in their everyday casting and to start casting greater distances than can be achieved with a single hand cast. You will learn to:
Because this technique requires casting skill and coordination, the student must first complete the Intermediate Casting Class, Learning the Essentials. Class size limited to 6.
This is a single session 2 hour clinic conducted outdoors near water. The club will provide 5 wt rods, reels, fly lines and leader for those who don't have their own gear (not likely at this point). Because safety is extremely important, everyone will be required to wear eye protection and a hat. We are in Texas, sunscreen and insect repellant are always wise.
Most fly fishermen become interested in improving their casting distance shortly after they've learned basic casting skills and once they find a need to cast beyond their distance abilities. The core principles used to cast 30 feet are the same as those used to cast 100 feet. Increasing casting distance requires learning and applying a core set of principles and following a disciplined practice routine. Details on dates for the class are captured on the home page of the website. Developing the skills to cast longer distances will result in a greater ability to cast well in most situations. In this casting clinic, the student will learn the fundamental principles needed to cast longer distances including: The thirteen essentials of fly casting:
David Lemke, Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor, has put together a set of casting clinics and classes that provide something for everyone - from novice to the guy trying to throw part of his backing. He has laid out a number of programs for the Fall that are briefly defined below.
Casting classes are offered free to Texas FlyFishers members in good standing. Exceptions, if required, will be indicated when a class is scheduled. Classes for non-members are $50.00 a course.
Point your thumb toward where you want your fly to go.
Picking up the line off of water is different than grass
Just line up and practice
There are group sessions
And more group sessions
Now, lets see if you learned anything