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Casting Call


Who taught you to cast? Your dad? Friends? Books? Magazines? Or yourself ... just pounding out the loops on the water. Probably all the above. But I'm looking for number one. (I'm working on a project and need your input.) Thanks.



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as moeggs

Nobody in my family is a flyfisherman, so I taught myself. I watched flyfishing shows on TV, read magazines, and my mom would rent "how to videos." When I got older, I started fishing with other people who knew what they were doing. I taught myself how to tie flies the same way. Neither my casting or tying is perfect, but it works.

Jason Kintzler

My step-dad taught me for the most part. Although, I had lessons from a woman instructor in Bozeman, MT where I grew up.

I learn "what not to do" almost every time I go out. How? By watching those "experts" who are essentially tourists that fish twice a year here in WY and MT. God bless "A River Runs Through It."


I was a military brat living in Iceland. Learned to cast a 5 wt rod loaded with a 7wt DT line to get flies into the 15mph wind there. Dad taught me to cast, but he never instilled the sudden stop at the top into my cast. I learned that later from reading, its tightned my loops considerably. I spent a whole season snapping flies off my tippet, and catching every piece of vegetation that was behind me.

Evan V

I mainly taught myself how to cast. I have a book on fly fishing in general, but it doesn't tell me much about casting.

uncle introduced me to fly fishing but I mainly taught myself

Alex Pernice the fly rod winner

My great, loving Dad(later with the help of my friend Kirk.)


Taught myself with some helpful hints from books and oddly enough 'A River Runs Through It'


Huh, from previous blogs I never figured that casting was that important, but apparently who taught us how to is. Just a little sarcasm.
I was extremely fortunate to learn from the late, great Glenn West, a master caster, artist and gentleman. He truly was a great, kind soul the likes of which is rarely encountered today, especially in the fly fishing world.
Bob Jacklin took my casting to a level that Glenn couldn't beat into my thick head. Truly fortunate to have had these two masters of the sport as my mentors.


Dad & Grandfather taught me but fishing for pan-fish out of a little aluminum boat. Eventually the 3 line tangles got to be a rarity.


Dad & Grandfather taught me but fishing for pan-fish out of a little aluminum boat. Eventually the 3 line tangles got to be a rarity.


I taught myself how to cast

But then started to pick up pointers from various sources that combined have totally screwed me up...

Not really, I have just heard things over the years that I have added to tweak my cast. Mel Kreiger has influenced me the most.

Chad Miller

My Dad taught me to cast rubber spiders to Bluegill when I was 10 years old. Past that I taught myself through fishing and fishing and fishing. Never read a book or watched a video, probably should have but didn't. As someone who has made his living in the sport for the last 12 years I believe to much importance is placed on casting and not enough on fishing your way into success. That being said I do believe in instruction. The problem is that we have way to many instructors who are poor casters and aren't much better than their students. Deeter said it best casting is over guruized, if that is actually a word!

If you are a beginner or someone who is interested in fly fishing don't fall into the same rut others have. Don't be hoodwinked by some supposed guru who is more interested in hearing himself or herself talk than teaching you to fly fish. I have attempted to have fishing conversations with some of these people and it is nearly impossible. Basic instruction from someone who actually fishes, a hand full of bass bugs and a little will on your part can get you a long way.


I taught myself how to cast, no one else in my family fly fishes.


Self taught and it shows.


A close family friend taught me how to cast. He also taught me how to tie and make my own rods. He would drive by my house and I would be in the front yard practicing tossing the line at pots and various other targets. Then I would drop behind the house to chase after some bass with a fly. It is all down hill after that.


My Dad taught me how to cast with a spinning rod, but I taught myself how to cast with a fly rod. I watched some guys casting, and read some flyfishing magazines, but I was pretty much on my own with fly casting. That first season I didn't catch one thing, and I almost gave up. I'm glad I didn't.

Russell Firestone

I taught myself with the help of Lefty Kreh's books. I spent hours grass casting at the park trying to make a tight loop with little success. After reading Lefty's books on casting I learned to make the rod do all the work and duck the tip at the last second before the line creates a trailing loop. Grass casting is like going to the driving range. Make all your mistakes and learn on the grass and then hit the water. I remember being amazed how much easier casting on the water is compared to grass casting because of the resistance the water creates for your initial back cast. I know people who don't practice casting and then go on a trip and complain that they aren't good casters.

I think a lot more people have learned to to tie flies from books and videos than people have learned to cast from books and videos.

NH Philosopher

My wonderful father taught me how to fly cast in our backyard in NH. Started at 4 years old. He'd place a series of objects (paper plates usually) at varying distances and angles in front of me, clip the hook on a dry - and instruct. In the 1970's NH - the salmon run was still active and our neighborhood/area abounded with Trout streams. Tight stream fishing took up the most of my time - so as I got older, I began to realize, the "paper plate" practice technique was brilliant. he would say - gently place the fly on that plate - because that's the area holding the fish - no bigger than a dixie plate. it was fun - and became a game/contest every time. I got more ice cream after dinner than any of my 4 siblings. (none of whom hunt/fish/or wander like me)

used an old Shakespeare "Wonderglass" 5 wt to practice. Still use that rod today. Thanks Dad.

Joel Goldstein

I also started with a wonderglass 5 wt by Shakespeare,practiced in parking lot.My wife gave me a birthday present after I has been fishing for 15 yrs and I went to the Orvis school in Manchester, VT for a week.

conway bowman

my dad , JB, and his good friend Carlie polk aka uncle charlie. they would put me up stream from them on the Salmon river in Idaho and just let me do my thing. These are some of my fondest memories. In fact my dad and i are headed over to Lees Ferry at the beginning of april. Can't wait! the dude is 82 and can still kick my ass!!

Deeter and Romano, you rock!


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