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In Search of the Magic Bullet (reprise)

Riveraddict's reference in his latest post to the temptation that intermediate casters so often fall victim to - "silver bullets" that is the latest cool casting technique that invariably leads to a mastery of no style at all - has lead me to re-post a very popular bit. My apologies to members who were around for the original post, but I know we have had many new members since that time. So here it is...

In Search of the Magic Bullet
By Tyler Kushnir

Fisherman are always looking for the magic bullet, that sure-fire fly, the secret lake or river that will produce the day of days. Speycasters are no different; they want to make the perfect cast, to become speycasting gods and as such are suckers for the latest and greatest line, or rod, or casting system. They hope that the flavour of the day will get them to the next level.

This innate susceptibility to the new and wonderful is very good for the tackle industry, but is not much help in the quest to become a great caster. In fact, the allure of the magic bullet may be the single greatest detriment to a caster’s graduation from the ranks of the intermediate casters to that of advanced or expert. When a new line is developed a craze results, generally it starts with a renowned caster championing the line and they are eagerly followed by hordes of converts. The result is a spate of line sales and a general hubbub of excitement.

Not that this is bad, for example, Way Yin and Steve Choate’s introduction of the XLT a couple of years ago and more recently the interest in Skagit casting and its Jedi Masters have been tremendous for the sport. We owe these guys a debt of gratitude for advancing spey casting.

However, the problem is that these lines whet the appetite for the magic bullet that intermediate casters hope will instantly turn them into expert casters. There are a considerable number of casters who jump from line to line, or rod to rod, or style to style in the hope that it will be the one – the one that will be magic for them. Unfortunately, all this does is ensure that no style or line is mastered!

The reason that great casters are great casters is not their tackle – it is the work they have put into becoming great casters. There are no short cuts, or as I have called them magic bullets. Good casting is a result of good technique; good technique is a result of practice. Good tackle, or new innovations in tackle like the XLT or Skagit lines may be great and useful advancements and may even make good technique easier to attain – but they are merely tools.

The plain and simple reality of becoming a great caster is to practice, practice some more… then try to find some more time to practice. This does not mean fishing… it means casting. As much as I love to fish (and in spite of my never-ending teasing of Dana about being a "caster"), I did not begin to make real advancements as a caster until I began to simply practice.

This was driven home to me by Derek Brown a number of years, ago during a two-day casting class on the Fraser River. He was adamant that the casters used yarn only – no hooks! In his colourful way he explained that once you had a hook on your tippet you were more interested in catching a fish than improving your technique – he was so right. I made more improvements in those two solid days of casting than I had made in two years of fishing. The great casters like Steve Choate and Scott MacKenzie practice every day – that is why they are great – not their tackle systems.

So, if one wants to move to the next level as a caster it is actually fairly simple (not necessarily easy – but simple), all that is required is practice. Certainly, making sure that you are practicing correct technique is essential – but after that becoming a speygod is merely a function of work ethic – not a magic bullet.

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No apologies needed...

...great advice has a habit of having no "expiration date".

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good advice Kush, thanks.

now about this "speygod" thing...

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The concept of practicing casting apart from fishing rings very true for me. I live where no steelhead swim so I have almost no choice between my trips to the NW than to practice casting for it's own sake. While I practice at a boat harbor and I do have a fly on the end of my leader and there are fish (jacks and baby barracuda) around, my full focus is on casting and any fish caught (a rarety) is accidental. While I am jonesing really bad to be chasing steelhead between trips, the practice I get in is very beneficial. I practice several times a week and this has allowed me to better understand my casting faults and enables me to make better use of river time when I have it.
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Bummer

You just popped my balloon The good news is that practicing w/ a spey rod is actually pretty fun. It ain't fishing, but it's the next best thing.
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In Search of the Magic Bullet
By Tyler Kushnir

Fisherman are always looking for the magic bullet, that sure-fire, fat-burning drink maker for active casters on the go.

So order yours today!

Becoming a fat-burning speygod is closer than you think.
Sorry Kush, I couldn't resist!
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what's interesting for me, I do better practice casting while fishing. To me its the focus on putting the line where you want it...and letting the cast happen. slows me done.
If I'm just practicing, I find myself forcing it, trying to cast too far..generally overdoing it. The actual fishing is a distraction that seems to make my casting a bit better, as I don't over think the casting, and try to correct too much at once.
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