CASTING: WORLD CLASS INSTRUCTION
By Steve Hollensed, Casting Committee Chair
Fly casting is a funny thing. It is one of, if not the most, essential skill in fly fishing. Yet, it is one of the most overlooked skills as well.
For anyone wanting to change that and improve their fly casting skills, the upcoming 2014 IFFF Fly Fishing Fair is a “World Class” opportunity to learn fly casting from the start or to take their casting to the next level.
In fact, there is truly something for everyone; for the novice who wants to learn “the right way” with an accelerated learning curve and for the intermediate and advanced casters who want to take their casting to the next level. For those who want to increase distance, improve your accuracy, learn how to handle the wind better, learn to double haul, or just improve the quality of your loops, we have specific workshops for you. We will have workshops that will prepare you for saltwater, warmwater, and coldwater fly fishing. We have workshops that will teach Spey casting…both single-hand and two-hand workshops. For those who like competition, we have games offering some really nice prizes. For those who want to become certified instructors, we have test preparation workshops. For certified instructors we have a diverse collection of Continuing Education workshops.
This is the year to become a better caster. One reason for this is that this Fair will have one of the largest assemblages of World Class casting instructors found anywhere, anytime. All instructors are Certified Two Handed Instructors, Master Casting Instructors or members of the IFFF Casting Board of Governors. We will have instructors traveling from the UK, Ireland, Australia, Canada, and from all across the US.
Another reason that this is the year to become a better caster is our venue. Livingston offers great places to cast in abundance…all close and in one location. You can take many workshops and not have to worry about the logistics between workshops.
I want to call your attention also to several casting activities that you will not want to miss: First, we will have casting demonstrations running each day. They will be informative, entertaining, and FREE! Second, we have secured great prizes for the 5-Weight games. If you would like a chance to win nice rods and reels (and who doesn’t) be sure and sign up for the games. Also FREE! Third, the casting Rendezvous is a great place for students, casting geeks, and instructors to talk “all things fly casting”. This too - FREE! New this year: Join IFFF Two Hand Casting Instructors for a walk in clinic to help fix, diagnose and repair what ails your Two handed fly casting. The Doctor's Office – the Spey Doctor – is open to beginning to seasoned spey casters looking to improve your technique. This will be open Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Yellowstone River near by the Exhibit Hall. Also, you guessed it, FREE!
Additionally, the IFFF Casting Board of Governors, the governing body of the Casting Instructor Certification Program (CICP), will be meeting at the Fair. Board members will be available for anyone who would like to know more about the CICP.
This is the year to become a better caster and you will never find a better opportunity than the 2014 IFFF Fair. It is truly a World Class opportunity. I hope to see you there.