courtesy of Mike Heritage
one of the most ingenious casting practice tools i’ve seen, this one’s not only perfect to practice roll casting but accuracy as well since the fluff needs to be in the bottom of the tool to do the former ! another bonus is we don’t need an assistant (my experience is assistants get bored after two-three casts,
run away as fast as they can walk away and never come back… ) or to be walking back and forth to replace the fluff after every cast as with some other devices.
also, whether performed with a single or double handed rod, since all spey casts are concluded with a roll, this tool will be a great asset to work on this part of the cast.
don’t go searching for a place to buy it as it’s not sold but luckily, a little steel wire and some elbow grease is all that’s needed to build your own. enjoy !
tip- you might want to slightly increase the size/volume of your fluff-fly so it doesn’t pull out of the groove before the completion of the cast.
with Captain Charlie Beadon
here’s a typical scenario: someone decides to actually go out and practice their fly casting. they read about it on forums and magazines and stuff and decide that just like a lot of other things in life, if you don’t go out and do it, you’re just not going to get any better at it. ok, that’s a fantastic first step !
however… at least 9 times out of 10 this person or group of like-minded friends will end up on an empty field, the “Now what ?” question pops up and they just start to aimlessly cast around and get bored in under 10 minutes and resort to beer-chugging as a consolation to their ill-planned outing. a barren field can seem like a desert very quickly. not so cool.
now, if we add fun and games, a purpose, a goal and targets, the whole experience happens in a wink of the eye, the field becomes a fishery, there will be a lot more smiling and everyone leaves a better caster while looking forward to the next session and since in the end it’s all about fishing, let’s not forget to add ‘better and more successful fisher’ to the list. cool.
in one of the better videos i’ve seen about casting practice, Captain Charlie has a lot of nice tips on making training sessions constructive and fun. something to think about for the coming season or special trip. enjoy !