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    Default Suggestions for a casting instructor in the Edinburgh/Central Scotland area

    I'm currently going through my own Andy Murray-esque injury crisis, except with me, it is my casting shoulder that is threatening my 'career' . I'm left-handed and a boat fisher. Like every left-handed boat fisher I know (coz we are always on the left end of the boat), I have a rolling, 45 degrees out to the side, windmilling action. I've got away with it for over 40 years, but have now developed a shoulder (rotator cuff) tendon injury that is threatening my continued ability to fly fish. I am undergoing a course of physio and am doing lots of exercises, massaging, heat treatment and more to try to repair the damage. In discussion with my physiotherapist, we both think that one of the major factors (along with old age - about which we can do nothing) is my weird leftie action. Short of taking the drastic (and quite possibly impossible at this stage of the game) course of trying to learn from scratch to cast right-handed, one thing that we both thought could help shedloads is if I could get a casting instructor to teach me to cast 'text-book' (well, as near as pos ), instead of with this dreadful 45 degree windmill action.

    I thought it was worth exploring, at least, so if anyone can recommend a pro casting instructor within reasonable distance from Edinburgh, I will have a word with him about it...

    Col
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    Default Re: Suggestions for a casting instructor in the Edinburgh/Central Scotland area

    i did( past tense )suffer with my casting arm also, i had to stop for a season ,
    maybe it was because of a bad casting technique ,or maybe its repetitive strain injury ,
    OH TO BE AMBIDEXTROUS

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    Default Re: Suggestions for a casting instructor in the Edinburgh/Central Scotland area

    There's a highly rated instructor in Edinburgh
    Will Shaw I got some lessons with him, it was he that taught me to cast of my left.
    will_shaw_fish@hotmail.com
    Tel 07768 032265
    He does a group thing on Sundays somewhere around the craigleith/Dean village area.

    Al
    Last edited by speytime; 19-01-2019 at 12:53 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by speytime View Post
    There's a highly rated instructor in Edinburgh
    Will Shaw I got some lessons with him, it was he that taught me to cast of my left.
    will_shaw_fish@hotmail.com
    Tel 07768 032265
    He does a group thing on Sundays somewhere around the craigleith/Dean village area.

    Al
    Thanks Al.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cap'n Fishy View Post
    I'm currently going through my own Andy Murray-esque injury crisis, except with me, it is my casting shoulder that is threatening my 'career' . I'm left-handed and a boat fisher. Like every left-handed boat fisher I know (coz we are always on the left end of the boat), I have a rolling, 45 degrees out to the side, windmilling action. I've got away with it for over 40 years, but have now developed a shoulder (rotator cuff) tendon injury that is threatening my continued ability to fly fish. I am undergoing a course of physio and am doing lots of exercises, massaging, heat treatment and more to try to repair the damage. In discussion with my physiotherapist, we both think that one of the major factors (along with old age - about which we can do nothing) is my weird leftie action. Short of taking the drastic (and quite possibly impossible at this stage of the game) course of trying to learn from scratch to cast right-handed, one thing that we both thought could help shedloads is if I could get a casting instructor to teach me to cast 'text-book' (well, as near as pos ), instead of with this dreadful 45 degree windmill action.

    I thought it was worth exploring, at least, so if anyone can recommend a pro casting instructor within reasonable distance from Edinburgh, I will have a word with him about it...

    Col
    Just google Andrew Toft Fly Casting (I don't want to put all of his contact info on here) and give him a call. Apart from his own international reputation, he knows everyone of note in Scotland regarding fly casting.

    p.s. Also, THE caster, Peter Anderson is still going (he taught Andrew Toft). I had a free lesson from Peter in Ireland, 2006 at the world casting championships. An easier style you couldn't wish for. That would be a treat for you Col to meet up with Peter.
    Last edited by suzuki15hp; 19-01-2019 at 09:48 AM. Reason: p.s.

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    Rookstorm (Stewart) is a superb instructor and a top bloke, I have had lessons and fished with Stewart several times Im sure he could help you out.

    He operates out of the river Leven fife so not sure if this is too far or not. Suggestions for a casting instructor in the Edinburgh/Central Scotland area


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    Second shout for Rookstorm/Stewart. Also, Brian McGlashan too. I think he is under brianfishing here but haven't seen him posting for a while. Both are good lads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suzuki15hp View Post
    Just google Andrew Toft Fly Casting (I don't want to put all of his contact info on here) and give him a call. Apart from his own international reputation, he knows everyone of note in Scotland regarding fly casting.

    p.s. Also, THE caster, Peter Anderson is still going (he taught Andrew Toft). I had a free lesson from Peter in Ireland, 2006 at the world casting championships. An easier style you couldn't wish for. That would be a treat for you Col to meet up with Peter.
    Peter had his leg amputated and had a few problems with his new one making mobility a bit tricky, but worth a call to find out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ohanzee View Post
    Peter had his leg amputated and had a few problems with his new one making mobility a bit tricky, but worth a call to find out.
    That's bad. I'm sorry to hear that. I haven't seen him for a few years, nearly 10 years in fact, thinking back. I visited him at his house then. He must be in his 90's now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suzuki15hp View Post
    That's bad. I'm sorry to hear that. I haven't seen him for a few years, nearly 10 years in fact, thinking back. I visited him at his house then. He must be in his 90's now.
    I was going to say, he must be a good age now.

    Thanks to all for the replies. I will sort something out. Meanwhile, my physio has changed my regime. I'm now 'on the weights' as they say. Had to get myself a pair of 2 kg dumbbells. Where to get them locally? Aldi, it turns out. Is there anything they don't sell??? (Had to get a 12 yo Glenmarnoch while I was in - well, why not take the chance...)

    I've also got a new exercise to do with the Theraband (giant elastic band, with one end anchored). It's uncannily like John Travolta's signature move in Saturday Night Fever. I am finding it helps to stick my left thumb in the air and sing, "Night Fever, Night Fever..." as I do the moves...

    Col
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