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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-19-2016, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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I want to be an instructor

Not yet, but someday I would like to be a Two Handed Fly Casting instructor. I'm only 22 now but I figure that sometime in the future (next 5 years?) become an instructor.

I am able to make decent fishable casts now and shoot most of my shooting line with basic casts using my skagit head. What skills should I be learning and building on to become a certified instructor?

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Move to a location within 30 mins of a good swinging river or 3. Become a excellent listener. Take a little bit from the ones whom have laid the tracks and make your own. Learn to tye every important knot when you can't feel your fingers and it's dark.
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Yes, you'll need good casting skills, but long before you can challenge the 2 hand casting instructor test you'll need to get your basic casting instructor certification. The real skills involve learning to be a teacher. Acquiring multiple ways to communicate with a client. What works with one won't necessarily work with another.
Can you cast a tailing loop with a single hand and 2-hand rod on request? Can you explain how it happened for a particular individuals stroke, and how to correct it?
Being a certified casting instructor is all about the first step in becoming a teacher - not some prize that tells the world I'm good!

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Tackleman is correct with one exception. Not only do you have to cast damn near perfectly, more importantly you have to be a teacher. You are trying to become a certified casting INSTRUCTOR--not a certified caster... I have always looked at the test as 33% Casting, 33% knowing and understanding Casting Dynamics, 33% Instruction and 1% luck. Also, throw your ego out the door!

You also need to be adept at using a long line. If you look at the Performance portion of the test, most of the tasks are performed with 80' of line out. Not shooting to 80' but, casting 80'. You can't do that with a Skagit or Scandi head and 30' or 40' of your shooting line hanging out! When I took and passed my test I used a 15' Loop and a 9/10 CND GPS line with a 70' head length. Sadly those lines are not available but you can a great line for the test from Lee Davis and Snake River Outfitters that is designed for taking the test (and fishing as well).

Tackleman's only piece of misinformation is that I do not believe that you have to have passed your Single-Hand Test--only the written portion of that test. It's about 36+/- questions that pertain to more general fishing information. No, I can't go into specifics. I would recommend that you do study, take and pass the Single-Hand Test. Much of the basic casting understanding that you will need to pass the Two-Handed test is part of the CI Test.

Good luck and tight lines,

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I will ad that most good casters that have been two hand casting for 10 yrs or so will take 2 solid years of practice and teaching to be ready for the THCI.
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I agree with what has been said above. Becoming an instructor is not just about being an excellent caster, it is in my opinion, equally if not more important to be an excellent teacher, coach, mentor, listener and observer. You must be patient and understanding and must be able to adapt at short notice. Be professional in your approach, first impressions always last. As previously stated, it is essential that you learn to cast and be comfortable with a long line and enjoy it, take your time and use your mistakes as a learning opportunity rather than a reason to doubt your ability. Learn to be equally proficient when casting off either shoulder. It will take time, it took me nearly two years but I enjoyed every minute. I would advise that when you go out on the river, practice your casting or fish. Do not try to do both, you will lose concentration, use a wool tag when practising and take your time. Try to find a mentor in your area who can guide you and provide constructive criticism. There is no point in wasting time doing the wrong thing so if in doubt ask and save yourself time and wasted energy and frustration. And as I said before, enjoy the journey, it is a very worthwhile process.
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All good advice thus far. My addition is to start hanging around and Casting with other Certified Casting Instructors. Even better, hang around them as they are instructing or doing demonstrations. The Instructors will recognize your interest and go out of their way to help you develop your Casting skills and exam preparation.

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when I was 'two little ducks' I could've done anything.
but I didn't listen to real grown-ups. and I stopped doing what I was good at.

now it's 25yrs later.
and I still don't listen to real grown-ups. and I know my limits.

be better than me.
it can't be that hard as there's many doing just that.


ps. seriously, mate. if you're serious.
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First, ditch the skagit.
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Aspirations, but OP has seemed not to have visited/posted for a couple of years..
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