OK, that’s got the embarrassing personal stuff out of the way now let’s get down to how I can help you either learn to fly cast or improve your fly casting if you are already a fly fisher.
If you are a beginner I will provide you with a balanced outfit for your lesson so you don’t need to go to the expense of buying anything, although you should bring a pair of sunglasses and footwear suitable for (maybe) wet grass.
I will give you a brief explanation and demonstration of the art of fly casting. I would suggest your first lesson is a couple of hours and by the end you should be able to roll cast, do pickup and lay downs and false cast. Enough to be able to present a fly a reasonable distance – in other words, you can now go and catch your first trout.
I am hoping that in the future I will be able to offer you the chance to buy a complete outfit that won’t break the bank but will get you fishing. I will do this for a couple of reasons – 1) I happen to live in an area that is not very well served by game tackle shops and 2) as a beginner you may find it very confusing the first time you enter a game tackle shop and end up buying some either very expensive or unsuitable tackle.
If you want some company for your first fly fishing adventure I am more than happy to tag along and offer advice and assistance for an hour or two and, hopefully, net your first fish for you. Stowting Trout Lake is about half an hour away and is an ideal venue for your first trip. It’s a clear, spring-fed lake of about 2 acres set in farmland.
OK, so you can already fly cast but want to improve. Great. I’m sure that we can sort your tracking out, tweak this and that and have you casting some sweet looking loops in no time. Who knows, we might even add a few feet as well.
Perhaps you are looking for that elusive 100′ cast? I have been a dedicated distance caster for about five years. I have a pb of 133′ with a five weight and over 142′ with a seven weight. The secret? Practice, and lots of it. I can show you the techniques but you have to have the will to practice them. I love to practice, it’s my time. I can use it to wind down after a hard day or just go out and cast, just for the hell of it.
I’m Mike Heritage and after putting it off for years I am now a Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Fly Casting Instructor.
I am on the committee of the British Fly Casting Club (BFCC) and I used to hold a couple of club records, I am working on getting at least one of them back but concidering the quality of some of the members it isn’t going to be easy.
I have moved from an absolute passion for five weight distance casting to a more rounded appreciation of single handed flycasting and it would be my pleasure to introduce you to the joy of fly casting.
I am based in Ashford, Kent and you can email me at email@example.com