Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Rogue River State of Jefferson
FFF certified THCI
Not to bad mouth the program, but those guys are all taught to cast the same way. And that just does not always work for everyone.
Also "I would suggest learning the switch cast and then single spey first since this skill translates to all other casts". Yeah right. But,,, both of those are kiss & go casts. Not exactly the easiest casts for a newbie to pull off.
Simon Gawsworth's father started him out on the double spey, a water borne anchor cast. Also, since the double spey is a down river anchor cast, any slight hesitation (common with newbies) only takes the anchor point further away. Rather than pushing it in closer. Simon's father would not let his son do any other cast for two years! Practice the double spey only in no wind or down river wind conditions. Otherwise, it will blow the D-loop closer to your body and you'll end up whacking yourself.
Hearing the line crack behind you is the result of putting too much power into the cast. You've pulled the anchor, causing the fly to come out of the water traveling back towards the bank then having to change directions and go forward. The "crack" is the fly breaking the sound barrier. If you still have a fly. Most often, it pops them off.
Whacking yourself is often the result of casting off the wrong side and fighting the wind. Learn to watch fo any sign of the slightest breeze. The other cause for "whacking" yourself is too much speed, too early in the sweep, and/or sweeping around too far.
Another common problem for people making the transition from single hand to spey is they tend to think only in a single plane. Up & down, forward & back. Not good.
I suggest you keep on going to the AATF Sunday clinics. Find someone you can relate to. MK the Skagit Godfather, worked for me. But you may get along better with someone else. Once you find someone, stick with that same person, and that person's style, until you learn to cast.
I fish because the voices inside my head tell me to.