I welcomed Wayne on Friday who had driven over from Cardiff for a casting lesson. He wants to fish the salt for bass in the future and has found learning to cast a fly on his own difficult and frustrating. We pitched up at a local farm pond/field that I have permission to use and proceeded to get those loops cast effectively.
The wind was terrible, and Wayne found it difficult to cast with out the wind becoming a distraction. Unfortunately this is also a feature of fishing the coast and we both agreed the wind is something that isn’t going to go away! I think its fair to say that Wayne found the casting hard. He is used to using a beachcaster and was showing a lot of the traits of a pendulum cast. The grip was the main thing holding him back. He gripped the rod far to tightly and as a result couldn’t stop the rod effectively and he was in effect dampening the action of the rod (a sonic 9’6” 6/7, nice rod).
I hope Wayne is practicing, he shows good potential with a great attitude. I hope he books for further lessons once he’s done a little practice.