Recently there was a question on the bulletin
board asking why we didn't have a casting section
on our Bulletin Board (BB). The guy liked FAOL
but had to go to other sites, like Sexy-loops
for any information on casting. He almost demanded
that we put up a section on the BB for just casting.
A place where guys could ask questions and others
could give them answers. (He hadn't bothered to
read any of my columns on casting.)
Seems like a fair idea but so far we have not
banned anyone from asking casting questions on
the BB. Many have posted questions and others
have joined in with answers. Apparently this chap
just doesn't have the time to look through all the
trash on the BB for free casting information. He
did mention that he has had instruction from a
'Master Caster' but it didn't seem very good. At
this time I do not plan on adding more sections
to the BB.
One of the nice things about the BB like ours
is finding something you were not looking for.
If each section was only about a specific thing
it would get boring, almost too much that way
now. The way it is I hit most of the categories,
don't want to miss anything.
If any of you feel that you would like to see
more information on the BB about casting, just
ask a question and stand back. You will get
answers from 0 to 180 degrees. What works for
one may not work for all, but each is proud of
what they have learned and most willing to share
it with anyone with the time to listen. The answers
will be as accurate as possible and the intent could
not be more sincere.
Videos were mentioned. Some are better than
others, a lot better. Some have parts that
are just plain wrong. But, if you like, buy
some or rent them and study them for all you
can get. Some suggest you turn the sound off
and just watch how they do things. In my opinion,
you should do some of them the other way around
too. Remember, you are watching supposedly some
of the best fly casters in the world on these
things, or at least those with the greatest egos;
or both. These are commercials to get you to cast
just like they do, full well knowing that you don't
have a chance in heck of ever being as great as
they are. Remember they have been reading their
own publicity for so long many have actually
started to believe it.
Which ever one you decide to 'cast like' remember,
that for all the lectures, talks, presentations,
schools, books and videos he has made... he has
not been able to teach anyone how to cast just
like him... no one yet has been able to do it!
Either he is wrong, the books are wrong, the
lectures were wrong, the videos are wrong... or
we are all different!
If we are all different, don't try to cast just
like anyone else, not any one of them. You might be
darn good someday as yourself, sure be a shame
if you hid it under the form and style of some
other guy. Be as good as you need to be, cast
as well as is necessary to get the job done where
ever you fish, be willing to cast any rod, anywhere,
any time, ask questions of anyone you think might
know more about casting than you do, read, attend
programs, expand your knowledge.
Then, every chance you get... help someone else
with theirs. ~ JC