In early July we offered a 2-day academy for those who wanted to learn about double-hand or spey casting in Turangi, New Zealand on the famous Tongariro River. Juan Del Carmen of the Advanced Fly Fishing School in Sydney, an FFF Certified Casting Instructor was our tutor. We couldn't have done it without the support of Creel Tackle House & Cafe and Parkland's Motor Lodge.
Here is a quick report on the weekend - we hope you can join us next time.
We started off with a classroom session on Saturday morning at Parkland's Motor Lodge to go through the theory and physics of double-hand casting without the distraction of being on the river bank holding these unfamiliar rods.
The progression to double-hand casting was broken down into small steps throughout the day. The group would come together to go through one of the steps, then spread out along the river to practice the step before moving onto the next step.
Juan would move along the line of anglers for each step offering individual coaching and suggesting changes to the cast to correct any faults.
We also filmed each participant, and on the first night spent we all spent time looking at the clips - a very valuable step to clearly identify the positive aspects and areas for focus of each participant.
We started each day with real coffee and the lunches at the Creel Tackle House & Cafe were top-notch. They are right beside the river and waders are welcome!
We had a wide range of double-hand rods available so that participants could try out different weights, lengths, materials and lines. We had switch and double-hand, most were in the #6-8 range, but some also tried a #10, 15 foot rod too.
By the end of the first day the casting steps where coming together nicely.
Day two started with a re-cap of the steps from day one and then further instruction on additional casts and fishing approaches and techniques in the morning. After another very nice lunch at Creel Tackle House our focus turned to fishing.
We had a great bunch of people on the course and we enjoyed meeting and spending time with all.
A very special thank you to Juan - he is a skilled, patient and dedicated teacher - only picking up the rod to fish himself at the end of day until it was dark.
Thanks to Paul Gummer for most of the photos used here.