Fly Casting- a roll cast tool

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.

mudskipping !

interestingly, i get very few ‘comments’ when out practicing casts on a public field but we’ve all heard the common “catch anything  ?'” or the slightly less stupid “there aren’t any fish there, mate” from passer-bys usually sporting a number on their fluorescent jersey, a shit-eating grin and holding a big can of cheap beer in one hand and a bag full of air in the other…
my typical reply to the first would be something along the lines of “only dumb comments” and “thanks for the tip, but i just saw a whole bunch of rises behind those blades” for the latter, but now thanks to National Graphic and their continued interest and devotion towards the fly casting community we can simply reply “MudSkippers ! “,  further avoiding clashes, blood and grass stains, having to remove carbon-fibre shards from their twitching bodies and more importantly, being able to stay concentrated on our practice session all the while leaving the sport-types in a state of awe and wonderment.