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post #16 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-26-2015, 10:08 AM
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This is good to hear I'm not the only loon grabbing sticks and broom handles and within a minute, practicing my lift, sweep and straight line path. My dogs think i'm nuts. My neighbor caught me in the backyard the other day swinging a bamboo stick I use on hikes with the dogs as If I was standing knee deep in the Bulkley throwing out single speys. All that was missing was the flute music playing from the Karate Kid training montage. And Pat Morita (RIP).

All joking aside though...it's a great way to practice technique. 10,000 hour rule from the book "Outliers" is always in the back of my mind. So any muscle memory and body positioning that I can drill until it's unconsciously performed via repetition, i'm helping myself out when it comes time to hit the water. I know April Vokey has mentioned she used to take the butt section of her spey rod, tie a sock (or two) on it and run it through the ridge of her log cabin ceiling over and over again to guide a straight line path on the forward stroke. Use what you've got at your disposal. Whatever works to get your rod tracking in the right manner is time well spent.
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post #17 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-29-2015, 03:10 PM
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I am in the same position not living close to running water. I have to say I didn't take to grass casting even with the special leader. In the end I bought myself a 4wt switch rod to use on a trout lake. I can now practice my casting. Best conditions are with a bit of a breeze and you can position yourself with either on left or right shoulder to get practice in different casting strokes. The added benefit is you can fish, catch fish and enjoy both fishing and casting. I tend to use a one piece scandi line because the presentation is that much better. If I want to practice skagit then I tend to wait until the last hour and then put on a lure with a tip and focus on the cast. It's surprising how many fish you actually catch like this even though the presentation is not ideal. The other benefit is that you really do find running water that much easier when you get your chance. A bit like swimmers training fully clothed.
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post #18 of 20 (permalink) Old 12-01-2015, 06:59 PM
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This thread reminds me of a story I tell about my daughter, when she was maybe 8 years old and had already been playing the violin for 3 years. One evening, after her practice, I told her how well she was progressing and how I enjoyed her playing. She innocently responded, "Dad, if you practiced your fly casting every day, you'd probably be pretty good at it, too."

There's a lot of great advice in this thread. It has already been noted by others above, how important muscle memory is, and practice develops that memory....we can all use it, especially as we get older.

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post #19 of 20 (permalink) Old 12-14-2015, 12:58 PM
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Hi bcnorthfly
Use a blood knot and 20 to 30 pound leader material and tie a knot ever 12 to 16 inches ,approx., try 15 ft of leader total. You will need to buy 20 or 30 pound leader material any way so here is a start. Leave 1/2 to 3/4 inch tags on the knots. it takes some getting used to but it works. AND slow down your casting stoke. You'll figure it out.
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I agree with your comments about mentally going through the casting techniques. I am new to spey fishing and have found that until I get the concept clear in my head, it's nearly impossible for me to work on developing the muscle memory when casting on the river. I have to "wrap my mind around it" before I get on the river and try casting. So, I watch videos over and over again that demonstrate a particular casting technique, get it firmly implanted in my brain and then I am set to go to the river with rod in hand. If I can't visualize it in my head before I go to the river, it's much harder for me.
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