Had a really great morning in my first fly class.
Before I talk about the session…let me sing the praises of the Orvis Staff in Buckhead.
Dennis was my casting instructor. He has been doing it for a long time, and it really shows. He set us all up in a group and showed us the basics. Also gave us individual attention on casting for 2+ hours. I would have paid a buttload of cash for a class like this. As for the inside class, I learned about basic equipment and some knots to try. It was also useful information.
For the casting session:
We set up in the parking lot behind the store with a Clearwater II rod. The rod is a great piece of equipment and I would love to have one. We were all on the hash marks for the parking lot, and casting across the way. I think I did pretty well. My 2 biggest cast flaws are not pausing at the top of the takeaway…and passing 2 o’clock on my downcast. I also tended to use way too much body and arm motion. These are things I am going to have to work on in casting sessions at home. I think most of the habits come from years of spinfishing and even dare I say golf. I ended up throwing some really tight loops by the end of the session. Lots of progress. I think I have found a hobby that I will really enjoy. Now I need to get a combo rod that I can use for trout or bass and I will be good to go.
I got a membership to Trout Unlimited and a 15 dollar orvis gift certificate.
I used the gift certificate to get a Tilley hat. I like the hat a lot.
I think the next step is a fishing trip with the Orvis folks. Probably on the ‘Hooch or a pond in Georgia.
Also met some cool folks that kayak fish down in Peachtree City. They told me about the Georgia Kayak Fishing Club. I think I may end up spending some time with them. I am also going to hit the next TU meeting in Marietta.
It was all Very exciting stuff, and a really rewarding Saturday.