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Casting is arguably the preeminent skill in fly fishing. It is also, quite possibly, the most frequently overlooked. While there is no consensus as to why, I would point to a few reasons as likely suspects. Historically, for lack of any existing standard of measure, it has been difficult for a fly angler to self-assess his/her proficiency. Even if they could, what then? What should be the next area of focus, the next goal set? And how much time and effort would it really take to achieve notable improvement on the water?
In this presentation, we’ll talk about how improved casting can both enhance your enjoyment of fly fishing and lead to more consistent success. We’ll also bust some myths about the amount of time and energy it takes for marked improvement (spoiler alert: it’s not as much as you think). I’ll offer some tips you can employ that will improve your cast the very next time you pick up a fly rod as well as ideas for mapping a path to continue building from there.
This presentation is appropriate for all casting skill levels.
Presenter: Cari Ray, FFI Certified Casting Instructor, FFI Texas Council Casting Director
The first time Cari Ray cast a fly rod she was all in. It stands to reason. Having spent years as a singer-songwriter and musician, the rhythm and balance of fly casting felt immediately familiar…and satisfying. After stepping away from the touring life, Cari combined her passion for fly fishing with her love of teaching to launch Zen Fly Fishing, a school and guide service.
Cari is a full time fly fishing guide, Fly Fishers International (FFI) Certified Casting Instructor, host of the Fisher of Zen Podcast, and serves on the FFI Texas Council Board as Casting Director.
With a particular passion for inspiring new fly anglers, she loves mentoring beginning as well as advanced students/clients to identify, learn and grow the skills necessary to achieve consistent and independent success on the water. Through her guiding, teaching, writing, and public speaking efforts she invites anglers to learn and experience fly fishing in the wilds of nature and the context of mindfulness and conservation.
Find Cari online at fisherofzen.com or on Instagram at @fisherofzen
This event is free and brought to you by the Texas Council of Fly Fishers International.
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