How Should I Prepare?
- Develop a broad knowledge of two-handed casting, to include various fishing casts, different styles and stroke lengths of casting various fishing techniques.
- Teach frequently, develop your method of instruction, develop written lesson plans and class outlines for various class sizes and lengths of sessions.
- Assist a certified casting instructor when possible. Learn their method of instruction and the terms used to communicate the instruction.
- Attend the annual FFF Fly Fishing Fair and take part in the casting workshops and programs.
- Study from other known casters through workshops and/or attend the various "Speyclaves."
- Study current publications, books, videos, and DVDs. Also include the older classic books to enhance your knowledge of the classic styles and methodology.
- Study and practice the required casting tasks listed in the test. Develop brief concise answers to required explanations.
- Develop the ability to analyze casting faults; know the source of the faults and their correction.
- Utilize the Master Casting Instructor Study Guide as an information and study resource.
Preparing for the Performance Test
- Select a rod that matches your casting style. Be cautious of selecting the largest rod possible for the test.
- Choose a rod length, weight, and action that will enhance your casting.
- Use a line that matches the rod and complements your casting style. This lien should perform all the required tasks on the test with ease. In selecting the line style use the line recommendations provided in the performance test guidelines.
- Pre-determines hold point on your line. Cast to targets at 80 feet and 100 feet to determine and mark hold points, respectively, on you line. These hold marks will assist you in practicing at proper distances. In addition, these hold marks will be required as a reference point during the test. Note the test requires the fly to land at or exceed the required distances to the targets listed.
- Read and understand the requirements of the test.
- Have an understanding of each cast reviewed in the test. Be able to explain how, where, and why each cast is used.
- Tasks in the performance test review several casting faults. have an understanding of these faults and be able to explain how, where, and why if requested.
- Have short concise answers to all of the "explain and demonstrate" tasks. Have more than one short explanation and be prepared to explain in further depth if requested.
- Practice with a fellow caster and critique each others casting to foster improvement.
- Be prepared to encounter a level of stress that may arise during the test. As a precaution add 10 to 15 percent to all the required distances during practice.
- Teach frequently and when possible assist other instructors. Develop several short simple verbal explanations for each task. Complement this with hands-on guidance and short demonstrations.
- Develop a method of instruction that has a simple progression of learning. Organize a sign-up sheet and class outlines. Arrange the outline to structure the class within the time provided.
- Learn to analyze casting faults and their correction. If more than one-fault exists, be able to prioritize the faults and address the most serious fault first.
- Develop casting exercises to remedy faults instill good practice.
- Take a THCI workshop from a certified instructor.
- Take a pre-test from a THCI certified instructor or an experienced two-handed caster.
What to Expect During the Test
- Be prepared, have all gear and equipment in order.
- The test will be conducted on water. This may be still or moving water and is subject to the available testing site.
- Prior to the test beginning, the rod length and weight, the line size and leader length all will be noted.
- the line will be qualified to measured targets at 80 feet and 100 feet, foot to target. At this time a hold point will be established as a reference point that will gauge the casts during the test.
- The test consists of oral questions and performance tasks. The oral questions may encompass fishing, casting, rod mechanics, and instruction. This Study Guide lists the performance tasks required by the test. All the performance tasks need to meet or exceed the request of the examiner.
- The observer may ask questions indirectly through the examiner for clarity. The examiner may seek the opinion of the observer during the testing process. A test may have more than one examiner and or observer. The "lead" examiner will conduct the questioning of the test to maintain clarity.
Some Problems Encountered During Testing
Learn from these points and use the recommendations in this study guide to assist your preparation.
The following is a list of errors that have occurred during the performance test. Learn from these mistakes of the past and use the recommendations in this study guide to assist your preparation.
- Fly line body too short for the 80-foot demonstration tasks. There is no shooting of line allowed for these tasks.
- The fly rod is an improper match for the casters style resulting in poorly shaped casts.
- Used a "new" rod and had not spent sufficient time casting prior to the test resulting in poor casts.
- Used a rod and line too large and the candidate became tired resulting in poor casts near the end of the test.
- The forming casts have an irregular rod path that results in a piled anchor points that are positioned inconsistently.
- failed to show a distant "D" loop shape and lacked clear explanation of where, when, and why for "D" and "V" shapes.
- Explanations were too wordy and hard to follow. Failed to have a short clear answer to how, where, when, why questions related to the task.
- Tailing loops in the forward cast.
- Candidate fails to form the cast at a 90-degree or greater change-of-direction.
- The forward loop slightly tails at the end of the rollout.
- 100-foot casts have a soft forward loop that lacks line speed.
- Failed to have an understanding of the underhand cast and/or failed to demonstrate it properly.
- Failed to analyze the casting faults quickly when presented.
- When presented with multiple faults, failed to prioritize the faults and address the most detrimental.