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    Default Re: Getting the Mrs casting properly....

    Be brave Rich!
    Mrs face became quite accomplish at fly fishing until arthritis took hold in her thumb joint.
    For casting, just stand behind her slightly to the offside casting arm. Then hold your hand up where her casting arm is suppose to stop. That way she will touch against your hand and hopefully stop. Then you can whisper sweat nothings in her ear when she has to make the forward cast.
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    Default Re: Getting the Mrs casting properly....

    Smile, be patient, be encouraging........and then make your instructions as difficult, counter intuitive and uncomfortable as possible for her. It won't be long before she thinks the whole thing is ridiculous and then life will return to normal.
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    Default Re: Getting the Mrs casting properly....

    Rich one trick is to get her to cast the rod side to side with about 8 yards outside the rod tip, working from left to right, so she can watch the loops, it also lets her watch the rod flexing, wrist break, and practices minimal arm movement, once she gets comfortable with it, go for the overhead cast.

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    Default Re: Getting the Mrs casting properly....

    Thanks for those tips, I'll put them into practice at weekend Getting the Mrs casting properly....

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    Default Re: Getting the Mrs casting properly....

    Rich, you've got one in a million mate
    My wife will have nothing to do with fishing, not even coming out to beautiful streams in beautiful locations on a Sunday, I really wish she would, if she wanted to fish I would be overjoyed.
    I had a great time with you both, in the rain, in the cold, on a beautiful lake, she's a diamond and you are a lucky man.
    Good luck with the casting lessons, wish her all the best from me.
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    Default Re: Getting the Mrs casting properly....

    wobblyface has it right. I was at a game fair recently and the fly fishing demo guy there (Hywel Morgan) was explaining about teaching fly casting to kids and ladies. His theory was that if you tell them to backcast as if they are holding their mobile up to their ear, they stop in the right place. If they go too far back, stand behind them as wobblyface describes.

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    Just explain to your good lady ..itís like knocking a nail into wood or a wall with a hammer and think about it ...she wonít take the rod so far back then.
    Seriously Rich you try casting thinking of knocking a nail into wood or into a wall with a hammer , thereís no way you will over stretch the back part of the cast.

    I say nail.. not a six inch more like an inch and a half nail.
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    Default Re: Getting the Mrs casting properly....

    G'day Rich
    Short version of what could be a very long reply - not having watched your wife's casting. The replies to date cover a lot of the standard tips and tricks. Nothing wrong with that but.... the traditional teaching of casting is a bit fixated on trying to get students to perform certain movements in a prescribed manner. There are other ways of coming at the problem so here are a couple of "alternative" thoughts.

    I find it useful to question why so many people learning to cast do what you describe your wife doing. I suspect it is because they, like I once did several decades ago, don't have faith in the line staying in the air as it unfurls. Stopping "hard" and flicking the rod, like the old favourite of water off a paint brush is quite counter intuitive to a beginner - to say nothing of many casters who have been "casting" for yonks. The result, in most cases, is swishing back and forward like a windscreen wiper. Also, even before approaching the task(s) of casting they don't have any idea what it feels like when a rod tows a flyline around. That's where straights and circles and such can be useful.

    So let's assume the student has a bit of feel. Traditionally we get them casting overhead and proceed to correct faults in movement - too much wrist, too far back on the back cast, too far forward on the forward cast, too much power, too much this and that. It does work like that but sometimes I think it is far too much work for not enough results.

    An alternative is to find or make a straight line marked on the ground. Lay out a tape or get perpendicular to a boundary line on a playing field. Draw out a bit of fly line out so it's straight and parallel to the reference line. "Ok student, what I want you to do is this (demonstration proceeds) make the tip of the rod tow the flyline parallel to the tape and flick it gently forward so it stays straight as the loop unfurls. You will find it works better when you start it moving in the right direction and then stop the rod before the flyline leaves the parallel."

    Now, what being offered is a simple task rather than a complex series of movements. The student already has motor skills and often a bit of practice will let them tune in. One cast, one direction. No line to keep aerialised. Change directions to produce a back cast. Got that? Ok go both ways - one back cast, one forward cast.

    When that's working ok we can start keeping the line moving and up in the air and then "pick up the triangle" and eventually lift it overhead.

    Focussing on the task is sometimes more useful than focussing on the body movements and not just in fly casting. Either way the game is to instruct the sensori-motor system in making a new movement with the aim of producing new skills. If you can throw a ball you can cast a fly line - bit more tricky for the back cast but that can be overcome.

    Sometimes, too much instruction on how to move gets in the way of the skills the student already has and performs subconsciously. Task focus can be less confusing.

    Cheers
    Mark

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    Default Re: Getting the Mrs casting properly....

    I would hire an instructor for my GF even if I was the world's greatest fly casting instructor. For some reasons women don't tend to take advice and criticism by their BF/husband well

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    Default Re: Getting the Mrs casting properly....

    Quote Originally Posted by Dominikk85 View Post
    I would hire an instructor for my GF even if I was the world's greatest fly casting instructor. For some reasons women don't tend to take advice and criticism by their BF/husband well
    This is the funniest post I have read in a long time. How long is the analyse my cast thread now?

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