Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Northern California
Yes when I first started - I wasn’t able to locate good practice water within 90 minutes drive, but there was a good park with soccer fields nearby. While in a pinch at the VERY beginning of the learning process I think using a “grass leader” in a field is great for learning the basic geometry of the different casts and getting a little familiar with things, but after you become moderately proficient it will rapidly start to hurt your casting. The grass leader merely makes is POSSIBLE to do something like a spey cast on a lawn, but it doesn’t do any kind of good job at accurately imitating real water. You will probably have a good sense when you reach the point of diminishing returns.
A lawn/field can be a great place to practice SH and overhead style casting, and you can even easily set up targets, etc. Use old lines to practice on grass as the blades will eventually slice up and damage them, lowering their lifespan.
“Gravity is a harsh mistress!”, The Tick