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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-19-2008, 12:19 AM Thread Starter
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I think I'm done hooking my ear.....

Well, I took a couple lessons, practiced on the river for a couple weeks and I think I've finally gotten to the point that I wont hook my back, hat or ear (at least not consistently).

First off, thanks everyone for letting my lurk around for the last year or so. I have learned a lot just reading your posts.....

Everybody (instructors, videos, books (Spey Casting by Simon and Passion for Steelhead by Dec are fantastic reads. I recommend them) has repeatedly beat into me to take it slow and easy. I finally got it today. I was tired and ready to go home and had almost given up, when, bang, it hit me. A relaxed cast. Line out to the reel and the fly across the river.

I've been practicing with a Skagit head (going to a river with no backcast room in SE AK next week) and I am determined to use my 2-handed rod, and I have been continually ripping the fly out of the anchor (and usually into my back). I had about 3 hours of casting in on a windcutter before I changed lines. I think the Windcutter is an easier line to learn on. I wasn't nearly as dangerous with the longer head.

It just feels good to finally shoot 40'+/- and have it roll out above the water. I had to tell someone, my wife doesn't get it....

Easy cast, easy cast, easy cast, easy cast..............

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Been there...

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Welcome to the board. Congratulations on your accomplishment of perservering and getting to that point in your learning curve where things start to click and the line starts going out the way it's supposed to. I am self-taught with the help of videos/dvds and my learing curve was a long road of frustration until through perserverance and consistent practice, my casts started getting out there consistently enough that I did not fear the casting process while fishing, a great feeling!

Enjoy the journey and the excitment of learning and improving!

God Bless,
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if you don't have it or have not yet seen it, I would highly recommend the newest RIO DVD - Scott O an Mike M present the section on skagit casting (Ed W also on the perry poke) and there is really great info here - it shows how slowly and how effortlessly things really can be!

Two key things I would stress and sounds like you have finally seen the light on this - slow things down and grip the rod very lightly!!!

Great to have you on the baord and lots of luck on your upcoming trip
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hey 8wt, have you started having dreams about casting yet? when that happens, you are OWNED, baby...get out while you still can....

congratulations on your casting progress. The struggle is worth it.
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The Spey to Z video is a great one. I have found it to be very helpful
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This was a great read!( laughing out loud) Still laughing.
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Well, I took a couple lessons, practiced on the river for a couple weeks and I think I've finally gotten to the point that I wont hook my back, hat or ear (at least not consistently).

First off, thanks everyone for letting my lurk around for the last year or so. I have learned a lot just reading your posts.....

Everybody (instructors, videos, books (Spey Casting by Simon and Passion for Steelhead by Dec are fantastic reads. I recommend them) has repeatedly beat into me to take it slow and easy. I finally got it today. I was tired and ready to go home and had almost given up, when, bang, it hit me. A relaxed cast. Line out to the reel and the fly across the river.

I've been practicing with a Skagit head (going to a river with no backcast room in SE AK next week) and I am determined to use my 2-handed rod, and I have been continually ripping the fly out of the anchor (and usually into my back). I had about 3 hours of casting in on a windcutter before I changed lines. I think the Windcutter is an easier line to learn on. I wasn't nearly as dangerous with the longer head.

It just feels good to finally shoot 40'+/- and have it roll out above the water. I had to tell someone, my wife doesn't get it....

Easy cast, easy cast, easy cast, easy cast..............
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