Don't confuse me with the competent, please
Al Buhr and Dwight Klemin are legitimately great casters and teachers. I am a CI, and am pretty comfortable with my single hand technique and teaching, but my name should not be used in the same sentence with those guys and the two handed world.
That said, I gotta mention that when I decided to get my CI, I read all the stuff which included seemingly condescending comments on how much one could learn preparing for the test. My goodness gracious were they correct. I failed the test the first go (My distance casting technique, especially in the snow, was a problem). Couldn't coordinate to retest for just over 6 months. I cast all but two days for six months, and did my best OCD imitation during that time. Crimaniminy, did I get better! Fishing got a lot better too -- for stripers, trout or Atlantics. I admit to being one of those with an ego to feed. Humbly accepting comments on how easy I made it look is gratifying. It did not help my wife understand my behavior, but it helped me.
Now I have decided to go for my THCI, and maybe even enter the SOR (with NO chance of being really competitive - hoping for the 140's) I'm going out to cast today, and try and cast about twice a week, which will increase as the weather permits. Dwight and Terry Lawrence will help. I just contacted Brian Styskal, for watching him will be very helpful, I'm sure.
"Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might."
Go for it!
"The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope." John Buchan