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Questions about the THCI exam

I was looking at the FFF site for the THCI requirements and I have a couple of questions:

1. Do many people take the exam without first becoming a single-handed instructor? The language on the site implies that is frowned on.

2. What is the workshop that the site refers to for those who are not single-handed instructors?

3. What rod length and line weight do they candidates typically use? Can you use a skagit line for the sink tip portion?

4. Who tests you, is it like with the single-handed certification where you can't be tested by someone you have a personal or professional relationship with?

It seems to me the devil could be in the oral questions .......

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Hi David,

1. Its not frowned upon at all. Because its a basic certfication just like the single handed CI, there is no need for any prior certifications, two hand or otherwise.

2. The workshop is a brief overview of the FFF Certfication Program. Its basically the same as the CI for single handers. There is also a written portion to the test as well for those who don't have their CI or MCI.

3. Rods and lines depends on the casters style, but you must remember that the 80' tasks must be attained without shooting line. Yes, a skagit system can be used for the sinking line tasks.

4. You are correct.

Yes, the devil is in the details or in this case the oral questions.

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Bob,

Thank you for your reply. I have one more question - how is 80' measured?

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David.

The 80' and 100' tasks are measured from where you stand to where the fly lands. Prior to the actual test, your line will be "qualified" to the 80' mark. A tape measure is used and you will cast until the 80' mark is reached. From there a holding mark is placed on the line if you don't already have one. The 100' mark is the same, except you can shoot line to that mark. Its best to practice (place holding marks) with 5-10%more line than is required.

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If you are thinking about taking the test, read the test. As for lines I think the 53-57' head length will work the best as they will shoot to the 100' mark very easy. As for sunk line work, Skagit combination will work, make sure you have the right length head and the density.
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David,
There is a written test you must take if you do not have a CCI under your belt. The test is the same for both the CCI and THCI. Once passed the test is good for both test.

I personally took the CCI test before the THCI. The THCI is a grind for up to 3 1/2 to 4 hour of skills demonstration, oral questions and teaching effectiveness. In my humble opinion I would do the CCI test first to get the workshop and written out of the way so you can concentrate on the THCI. And beside everything in the THCI and the CCI is the some except you get to fudge on the pause element and talk about "anchors" and change of direction in the THCI. The CCI prepares you for a more grueling test.


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Thank you for the replies and the advice. Taking the THCI test is something that I want to do long-term. Having only one person (? !) certified in MI, WI, MN, nothern IN & the Chicago-area is not enough. It would be nice to be able to give lessons to people new to our sport as a way of helping two-handed rods develop in the Great Lakes.

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Aaron,

Thank you for the mail, there is a lot in it consider. I appreciate the good advice.

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Hey Dave,

I'll be happy to help you anytime. I just did the THCI at spey-o-rama. Like Klem said, I recomend taking your basic CI first. It will really help you with some of the specific terms and wording that the FFF are looking for when you do the oral part of the test.

Call me any time if you want to chat about it. I am coming down for the mini clave on the St Joe, so I hope to see you there.

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Peter,

Thank you, you are on my "to call" list, Doug (Woodlander) recently gave me your telephone number. This looks like a multi-year project. I am going to be fishing with a CI for three days the week of Memorial Day and the CCI will be a serious part of our conversation.

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I was wondering what rod/line combo that those who took the exam used?

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Post Script: my question goes less to the maker of the rod and more to the length and line choice.

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THCI Equipment used

I used an Albright 14' for a 9 weight. The line was a modified old SA short head line. I added 7' of holding line to the back taper so I could to hold the head out the tip and hit 80' without shooting. The 100' shot was easy with this set-up. I used the same line with the float tip removed and put on a 15' type 3 sink-tip for the sink-tip portion of the test. As you can tell, I used a home spun line I made it for the test.

Know the oral questions and you will have a comfortable time casting. Good Luck my friend.

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