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WHY TAKE FLY FISHING CASTING LESSONS?
You may want to take fly fishing casting lessons for a number of different reasons. To start, learning to cast with a fly rod and reel can be quite rewarding. You may find casting with a fly rod an exciting new challenge if you are accustomed to casting with spinning or baitcasting gear.
While it may seem as if there is quite a bit to learn at first, don't worry. The right instructor will help you set casting goals that are within reach. Once you start taking fly casting lessons, you might surprised by how quickly you pick it up.
HOW TO SELECT A FLY CASTING INSTRUCTOR
If you are a beginner, your early impressions of fly casting, along with your enjoyment of the sport, is likely to be shaped in part by your instructor. If you have fun with the learning process, it will carry over onto your experiences on the water.
This is why it's important to keep a few tips in mind when looking for the right person to provide you with fly casting instruction.
- Visit a fly shop or local fly fishing outfitter that will understand the skill set you need in that specific area for the type of fishing you plan to do. For example, if you want to learn how to fly fish for brown trout in Montana, consider signing up for lessons in that area with an instructor who can provide you with the right skills for casting on streams and rivers.
- Have a conversation with the instructor before you start a series of fly casting lessons. Ask yourself a couple of key questions as you talk with him or her. First, does the instructor seem upbeat and positive? Second, do you think that your personalities mesh well together? Make sure you feel confident that the instructor will be able to provide you with encouragement along the way.
- Your instructor should help make the process of learning how to fish with a fly rod seem simple and attainable. Just as with any other type of fishing, each skill you learn when you take fly casting lessons can be broken down into steps that are easy to understand.
- Find out if the instructor will be available for any questions you might have before, during and after your lessons. When learning anything new, it's normal to have plenty of questions. You may have questions about things such as fly line knots, buying a fly rod, or the best places to fly fish in your area. Using your instructor as a resource can be very helpful throughout the process.
After you take fly fishing casting lessons, you can learn more about where to fly fish and then plan your first trip.