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Dana 05-11-2004 12:44 AM

Preparing for the FFF Spey Test
I'm in the process of sharpening up for the FFF Spey Test, so I thought it would be fun to keep a little online journal of my experiences working towards this certification. I'll take my test in early June, and yes, pass or fail, I'll let you know how I do. Watch for my entries at www.speypages.com/getready.htm

Brian Simonseth 05-11-2004 01:53 AM

For letting us see the prep work, of this project

Dana 05-23-2004 02:09 AM

don't forget to watch for the regular updates as I count down the days to the spey exam!

dana gets ready for the fff spey exam

juro 05-23-2004 08:08 AM

Dana -

THANKS for sharing!

SSPey 05-23-2004 02:43 PM

at the Sandy clave Sat afternoon I enjoyed watching Simon G administer the test. The test taker could really cast quite well, and you'd have to by the looks of the exam. good luck!

spey_bubba 05-23-2004 10:51 PM


Good Luck! You should have absolutely no problem with the test. The casting requirements are very modest. If you can take the test from Simon, I would suggest that it would have the most credibility. Have fun!

Keep explanations short, succinct, and to the point; one can always elaborate if asked to do so!


Neil 05-24-2004 10:20 PM

Rick and I wish you the best of luck.Not that you will need it.
We have every confidence in you buddie.
Go get em.
Speyladdie and the Laddi:smokin:

Dana 05-29-2004 12:06 PM

Neil, Way and Steve,

thanks for the comments! I'll be testing under Al Buhr who, like Simon, is FFF Spey Committee and one of the most keen, knowledgeable and skilled Spey casters that I know. He is also very thorough and has a great poker face so I don't expect to have any idea how he thinks I'm doing until the end of the test!

I'm a little nervous about the test but I hope that study and practice will ease this on the 12th.

Dana 06-10-2004 02:19 AM

three more sleeps
three more sleeps 'til test day.

Latest update here: www.speypages.com/getready.htm

FlyFishAR 06-10-2004 07:55 AM

No worries.....
Good luck Dana! I have total confidence in you, pass or fail.

Expect to fail and be suprised if you pass. It helps calm the nerves. Testing can be rigorous on the nerves. You are a terrific caster and teacher. If you can keep your cool you'll have no problem.

Nerves sure can tighten your grip and open your loops. ;)


Bob Middo 08-27-2004 01:51 AM

THCCI Practice
Hi Dana,

Really nice site you have here. I've been reading it for a while, great stuff.

A friend and myself are starting to practice for the THCCI, but have limited access to moving water (Southern California). We have a large casting pond to practice on, but thats really it. Should we be practicing on moving water as much as on still water?



Dana 08-27-2004 04:57 AM

Hi Bob!

The short answer is "yup!" While I do believe that you can practice speycasting on stillwater it is important to be able to execute all required casts no matter whether you're on moving or stillwater. When you take the test you might be on a pond, a slow section of river, or a rapidly moving piece of water, and without lots of practice on all of the above you'll likely have trouble making the adjustments. The testers aren't likely to give anyone the benefit of the doubt during the test. All casts need to be pretty close to flawless.

Since you are working with a friend it might not be a bad idea to get comfortable on stillwater, then take a trip somewhere so you can run through the test on moving water. Take a video camera along and film both casters, then sit down and carefully and objectively analyse what you are seeing. Then, subtract at least 10% - 15% proficiency to allow for the nerves you are likley to experience during the actual test, and then ask yourself "Do I need to spend more time on moving water?"

It will be interesting to see how the spey certification develops. The ideal is moving water, but it might be tough to get moving water for most or even many casters. The guys who tested in San Francisco were on a pond, while others (including me) were tested on moving water. I don't think it matters which you are tested on, and if you can find out where you are likely to be tested then it will help you to know where to focus your practice time. When I was preparing for the test I practiced on both a pond and a river, and once I knew where my test was to be administered I practiced there for the last few weeks prior to the test.

Bob Middo 08-27-2004 12:46 PM

Hi Dana,

The THCCI sounds like its going to be a lot tougher than my MCCI. :frown: Thanks for the advice, I'll will definately put it to good use.


Norseman 09-13-2004 12:34 PM


First ever Canadian to become FFF certified in the double hander. Quite the accomplishment. We are proud of you for such a feat. Way to go.


Dana 09-14-2004 12:23 AM

Thanks Paul!
It was a great learning experience and an honor to test in the presence of Al Buhr and Mike Maxwell, two of North America's Grand Masters.

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