And with enthusiasm may come ambition.

previously posted here a year or so ago i thought it good to bring this one back up again.
enjoy !


Mike Heritage has been an enormous inspiration to me and many others aspiring to be casting instructors and for those continuing to higher levels.

this comment is a deep reflection on what keeps a lot of us casting instructors going.
it isn’t about making money, it isn’t about fame, it’s about personal development through passion and sharing the little we learn in the hope of inspiring others to develop on their own. it’s a real honor to be your friend Mike, thanks.

” And with enthusiasm may come ambition. We may decide that as we have come so far we may as well see if we come up to the mark and challenge ourselves to become instructors. We choose the test we want to take and we work towards the first step on the instructing ladder. Remember how you sweated and worked to get to a point where you thought you were good enough? Were you so certain you would pass? Wasn’t the test even slightly daunting?

We pass, we have our foot on the bottom rung and as we gaze up the ladder to the next level we hear whispers coming down from above that perhaps the test was too easy or you had a poor assessor and it makes you feel slightly diminished but never mind, you are officially an instructor and you are still enthusiastic.

The next level looks inviting, we now move in circles that mean we rub shoulders with the great and the good and we aspire to be one of them. We are still enthusiastic so we start to work hard and sweat to reach the next level. Problem. The great and the good we rub shoulders with are so far elevated that we think we just cannot match their standard no matter how hard we try, but, we are still entusiastic so we keep trying and one day we think we may, just, be good enough to have a go and wonder of wonders we are found to be good enough to join the Gods. Then the whispers start again, the test was too easy and the assessors were poor and, once again, you feel slightly diminished. Hang on, there isn’t another level we can aspire to so how come you still feel several rungs of the ladder from the top?
How come you have put years and years of effort to get where you are and still don’t feel you are able to rest on your hard worked for laurels?

You may still want to be a better instructor/caster/fisherman and you know that provided you remain enthusiastic that will happen anyway.

But the whispers are taking a toll on your enthusiasm and you begin to wonder if it’s all worth it. The goal posts keep moving and you really can’t be arsed to keep running around the field trying to find them.

Wait though, what about becoming a Supreme Master? They don’t officially exist but we know they are there…somewhere. “ 

Gathering

around the knees ! 
or
Heed the Pants !
or
Vision waders don’t hold up with time.
or
Fly Lines Fall at the same rate whether they’re close or far away.

an excellent demo by our beloved friend Mike Heritage. not sure what the problem was with the water pants but it was a welcome distraction from all that distance casting silliness. thanks Mike !

droopy-ass Mike H

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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.

Pragmatically Idealistic Thoughts

by Mike Heritage

it’s not just about fly casting or teaching it…

“You don’t often see in print an instructor admit to failure, you only read about their successes. Which leads the likes of me, who cannot read between the lines, with the impression that I am the only one with the odd awkward client or, I am the only one who hasn’t got the magic answer to every problem. Of course I know in the back of my mind that this just can’t be. Every instructor has had his or her fair share of failures. They just don’t publicize the fact….. “

read the full article here

And with enthusiasm may come ambition.

Mike Heritage has been an enormous inspiration to me and many others aspiring to be casting instructors and for those continuing to higher levels. these reflections sum up quite eloquently what keeps a lot of us casting instructors going.
it isn’t all about making money, it isn’t about fame, it’s about personal development through passion and sharing the little we learn in the hope of inspiring others to develop on their own. it’s a real honor to be your friend Mike, thanks.

” And with enthusiasm may come ambition. We may decide that as we have come so far we may as well see if we come up to the mark and challenge ourselves to become instructors. We choose the test we want to take and we work towards the first step on the instructing ladder. Remember how you sweated and worked to get to a point where you thought you were good enough? Were you so certain you would pass? Wasn’t the test even slightly daunting?

We pass, we have our foot on the bottom rung and as we gaze up the ladder to the next level we hear whispers coming down from above that perhaps the test was too easy or you had a poor assessor and it makes you feel slightly diminished but never mind, you are officially an instructor and you are still enthusiastic.

The next level looks inviting, we now move in circles that mean we rub shoulders with the great and the good and we aspire to be one of them. We are still enthusiastic so we start to work hard and sweat to reach the next level. Problem. The great and the good we rub shoulders with are so far elevated that we think we just cannot match their standard no matter how hard we try, but, we are still entusiastic so we keep trying and one day we think we may, just, be good enough to have a go and wonder of wonders we are found to be good enough to join the Gods. Then the whispers start again, the test was too easy and the assessors were poor and, once again, you feel slightly diminished. Hang on, there isn’t another level we can aspire to so how come you still feel several rungs of the ladder from the top?
How come you have put years and years of effort to get where you are and still don’t feel you are able to rest on your hard worked for laurels?

You may still want to be a better instructor/caster/fisherman and you know that provided you remain enthusiastic that will happen anyway.

But the whispers are taking a toll on your enthusiasm and you begin to wonder if it’s all worth it. The goal posts keep moving and you really can’t be arsed to keep running around the field trying to find them.

Wait though, what about becoming a Supreme Master? They don’t officially exist but we know they are there…somewhere. ” 

be sure to check out Mike’s blog for more meaningful insights by clicking HERE. enjoy !