Mike Heritage FFF MCI UK

Fly casting and talking fly casting bollox

Friday The Thirteenth

Not an auspicious day to take your test is it? Not that I am superstitious or anything but….bugger. It’s all going to be a bit of a rush as well. I land at about 11am and then have a one hour drive to be ready for a 1.30 start for the test itself.

How has my preparation gone? Good question. Honest answer is I don’t know. I know what I know, my casting is ok, I’m feeling pretty good about it but it is a step into the unknown so we will have to see how it goes.

I am scheduled to help test CCI’s the day after my test, I’m not sure how that works if I have failed the day before but as I know one or two who are being tested for their CCI I will only be an observer on a couple of them. The thing is I am more nervous about that than I am about taking my own test. How weird is that?

As part of my test I have to give a ten minute workshop, more a talk really, and my subject is Keeping it Simple and it’s to do with instructing rather than casting or fishing. Easy I thought. A week after I had been notified of my subject I realised Keeping it Simple is actually quite bloody difficult. I wonder how slowly I can talk and how many umm and ahh’s I can put in to fill ten minutes? The CCI candidates will certainly be relaxed by the time I finish. I will probably have to kick them awake to go out and take their test.

I am getting a bit paranoid about injuring myself between now and next Friday (the 13th). I have a physical job and it’s quite easy to do something stupid and hurt yourself. I must have bruised my right hand somehow a day or two ago and it was giving me a problem casting yesterday, luckily it was gone this morning  when I went out for an early morning session.

The BFCC are at the Sportfish do this weekend, I will be there tomorrow (Sunday). If you are there pop over and say Hi. 

And finally, the good news. Roger has passed the GIAC assessment and is now a bona fida casting instructor. Bloody well done, you worked hard for it and deserve it. Good luck next weekend.


May 7, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Hi Mike,

    All the very best for next weekend. Pass on my congrats to Roger next time you see him.

    Comment by James Evans | May 7, 2011 | Reply

  2. Hey Mike, I won’t make it up there until after you’ve done your test so I’ll wish you all the best now. I’m betting you’ll nail it!

    See you Friday pm.


    Comment by Will | May 7, 2011 | Reply

  3. Will do James, and give Tracy the kiss she missed from you on your birthday. Great cast BTW.

    Cheers Will, I won’t count my chickens though.


    Comment by Mike Heritage | May 7, 2011 | Reply

  4. ‘merde’ Mike. that’s french… ;D

    Comment by marc fauvet | May 7, 2011 | Reply

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