Golfers hit balls at the driving range to loosen up or work on their game. Baseball players do the same in batting cages. I played ball until I was 35 and even in the ol’ beer league, I would spend a few hours hitting balls out of a machine just to get back into the swing of things. The point is we practice when we need it and the more serious athletes that want to improve their skills will take a lesson or two from a pro once they come to terms with the idea that they need help. It’s one thing to have a deficiency in your game and it’s perfectly ok to live with it but if you want to improve, you need someone to show you where the problem lies and how to fix it.
Fly casting is every bit as athletic as hitting a golf ball and if you are self-taught or taught by a friend that showed you only the basics, you have more than likely developed bad habits that will reflect in your casting. The best way to find out what you need to do is hire a casting instructor for a couple of hours and get that person to show you where the problem is, how to correct it and how to continue to work on it. Which brings me back to the origin of this post: Practice makes perfect and it’s the best way to improve. Take 10 minutes on every outing, cut your fly off and just work on loop control. Spend a few hours on the lawn or at a ball park and work on your distance casting or accuracy. Good fly casting, like a nice jump shot or a golf swing is a beautiful thing but very, very few of us are naturals.
Grand River Outfitting & Fly Shop offers a full range of casting instruction from private lessons to group seminars. Visit http://ontarioflyfishing.ca/courses/