Monday, February 8, 2016


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By Tim Lawson, Casting Committee Chair

Fly casting 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 improve their fly casting skills, the upcoming 2016 IFFF Fly Fishing Fair is a “World Class” opportunity to learn fly casting from the start, or to take your casting to the next level. This year the Fair will be in Livingston, MT a favorite casting location.

Whether you are a novice who wants to learn “the right way” with an accelerated learning curve, or an advanced caster who wants to take your casting to the next level, there is something for everyone. Skills such as increasing distance, improve accuracy, how to handle the wind better, the double haul, or just improving the quality of your loops will all be offered in specific workshops. We will have workshops that will prepare you for saltwater, warmwater, and coldwater fly fishing and 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.

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. 

I would like to call your attention to several casting activities that you will not want to miss: First, we will have casting demonstrations running each day when the show hall is open. 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 do and talk “all things fly casting”. This too - FREE! And returning this year by popular demand: 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 Spey Doctor is open to beginning and seasoned spey casters looking to improve technique and you guessed it, it's 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. It is truly a World Class opportunity. We hope to see you there!

Casting Demonstration and other casting Schedules:


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Please direct your questions to the Fair Coordinator.


Telephone:  406-222-9369

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