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Fly Casting Lessons Around Brisbane

Postby windy_kid » Wed Jan 04, 2017 11:40 am

So after picking up the fly rod late last year I have taught myself the basics of casting and I can usally get a cast of about 10 metres or so. But now I'm having trouble progressing and was looking to get some lessons to tidy up my technique/squish any bad haddits.

Can anyone recommend someone in the brisbane area who does fly casting lessons?

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Re: Fly Casting Lessons Around Brisbane

Postby RAD » Thu Jan 05, 2017 10:23 am

Hey Mate,

The legendary Peter Morse does casting lessons in Brisbane from time to time which I have heard are well worth the money, other than that there are a couple of fly fishing clubs here in the Brisbane area eg Brisbane Flyfishing Club http://bffc.org.au or SE QLD fly fishers http://www.seqflyfishers.asn.au/
Give these a try I am sure these guys can point you in the right direction or even help you with casting them selves.
Also there are lots great videos on YouTube especially any stuff by Lefty Kreh.
That being said depending what type of fishing you are doing 10 meters can be all you need eg chasing Bass or other Natives but if its in the Blue water and chasing pelagic fish like Tuna and Mackerel is your goal then casting the full fly line is a must in some sitiuations.

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Re: Fly Casting Lessons Around Brisbane

Postby arpie » Thu Jan 05, 2017 10:43 am

Great advice, RAD ..... you can't beat getting lessons from someone who KNOWS how to teach ..... just watching others & having them try to tell you how to do it is OK ...... I've tried that over the last 5+ years & watched & fished with fantastic fly fishos - but still didn't 'get it'!

I had lessons 30 years ago in NZ & caught some nice trout in NZ ..... then didn't fly fish for 25 years ..... and OMG! When I picked up the fly rod again - I was back to 'pathetic' again!! I 'thought' I still knew how to do it - but I was SO wrong!!

In Dec, I had 2 x half day sessions with a couple of mates (a week apart so I could practise in between sessions) with a local certified fly casting expert - and BOY! WHat a difference that has made! We have all caught fish either during the 2nd session or in my case, in my outings since the lessons. It is even trickier to fly cast from the yak, but is entirely achievable too, with practise.

I am now casting with must less effort, with much more accuracy & regularly getting 30m casts 'down pat' - which is as far as you will ever need to cast in most situations!

If you have a couple of buddies who are keen to learn, get them to join you - cos to have lessons one on one can be very exxy!! With 2 others, it will help defray the costs & you'll have someone to fish/practise with too. Doing the 2 x half days is better than doing 1 full day - as it is just too much to take in on the one day & it is VERY tiring initially as well. You also get to practise during the week (which is essential) and see how you've gone on the next session - and the tutor will KNOW that you've practised & are serious about it. :wink: If they see you are keen, they will be even MORE helpful!

If you are wanting to catch HEAPS of fish ...... think again! It is a cast of thousands .... but the 'reward' when you DO hook up, is fantastic - knowing it was you & that little bit of fluff at the end of the line that hooked the fish! :lek:

Persevere & you will 'get it' too!! It is all about stopping the rod tip at a specific point in the air, to get the line to shoot backwards & load the rod up, to shoot forwards! Tho casting from land is totally different from casting in a yak.

I've been out with my fly instructor on the yak now & will do so again as soon as the holiday hordes have gone! So, am now virtually getting freebie lessons thrown in - just for lending him my spare Hobie Yak! :lek: Win Win for both of us!! :wink:

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Re: Fly Casting Lessons Around Brisbane

Postby windy_kid » Thu Jan 05, 2017 11:27 am

Thanks for the advice everyone. I've sent off a few emails to some people so hopefully I'll be getting some lessons soon :wink:
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Re: Fly Casting Lessons Around Brisbane

Postby Lazybugger » Thu Jan 05, 2017 7:14 pm

Jones Tackle have a fly fishing weekend class on 21/22 Jan. They do this pretty regularly. Email came this arvo.
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Re: Fly Casting Lessons Around Brisbane

Postby Michal Duzynski » Thu Jan 26, 2017 7:27 am

Hi
My name is Michal and Im new to kayak fly fishing( I fly fish only), but Im not new to fly casting.
Used to be Certified Casting Instructor, but did not extend my membership, so I dont think Im certified anymore :roll:
I live in St. Lucia and if someone is intrested to do some casting and improve their technique Im more happy to help. Im always off on Mon&Tues.
Even for me casting while seating needs a bit of practice, so bumb on the grass and off we go.
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Re: Fly Casting Lessons Around Brisbane

Postby arpie » Thu Jan 26, 2017 8:37 am

Hi Michael

Welcome to the forum!! We hope to be reading your Fishing Reports soon! :gu:

WOW! That's a terrific offer - I reckon you'll have lots of people making contact soon!! They in turn will most likely join you on the water when you get your yak, to show you the ropes there! :wink:

What kayak do you plan on getting? Sit on tops give you a bit more height from the water than a Sit In yak - where your bum really IS at water level!

Yes, it is much trickier casting from a sitting position. Just picking the line up from the water to load the rod up & do a single cast is much more difficult than from a standing position ..... feel free to add any tips to the thread!!

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Re: Fly Casting Lessons Around Brisbane

Postby Michal Duzynski » Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:54 am

Hi
Already got one last week. Jackson Cuda 14.
Did some practice video- not great video,but covers what I wanted.
https://youtu.be/G3i-kQLZgtk

Yesterday I went for a paddle from Jabiru Island( no fish).
My mate from Perth gave me some awsome tips which I planing to put in place for the next trip.
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Re: Fly Casting Lessons Around Brisbane

Postby arpie » Thu Jan 26, 2017 2:06 pm

Great yak there, Michael!



The Cudas are usually very stable. If you want to stand and cast in them (so long as you aren't in really deep water) you can just use 1 or 2 'stake out' poles to give you more stability, given the 'body movement' as you mention in the video.

I made 2 x 10ft+ stakeout poles out of 2 pairs of snow ski poles. Just cut the handle off one of them, pop some glue inside the cut edge & then ram the other into it, adding a couple of pop rivets as well to complete the job. You shove it down one of the scupper holes of the yak, or can do it yakside if you like - making sure you attach the stakeout poles to the yak with a lanyard of some sort.

Yes, the wind is a real pain, eh? I am currently getting heaps of hits on topwater fly (popper style) but would imagine that gurglers would work just as well, chasing bream in the shallows. That bay looks perfect! :wink:

And don't forget to wear your lifejacket when on the yak - as it is the law.

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Re: Fly Casting Lessons Around Brisbane

Postby Michal Duzynski » Thu Jan 26, 2017 2:26 pm

Never cought Bream on the fly( never target them). My dream is to get some pelagics??!!!
I got the pfd( vest foamy one),feels very bulky on the sear, so next buy is the inflatable one where you dot feel you wear it especialy on your back.
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Re: Fly Casting Lessons Around Brisbane

Postby Michal Duzynski » Thu Jan 26, 2017 2:27 pm

I spend some time on a tinnie with ny friend in a GCSW and I know ut can be done on the yak. Once I got more confidence I'll hit the Sea Way
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Re: Fly Casting Lessons Around Brisbane

Postby arpie » Thu Jan 26, 2017 2:52 pm

...My dream is to get some pelagics??!!!....

haha Don't we all!! Mind you - good sized bream really 'GO HARD' - I was busted off on what probably would have been a PB just the other week ...... I choked the line (silly me) instead of letting the fish 'go' & get it onto the reel! :beye:

The Brisbane River near you should be fun ...... but offshore would be more exciting once you have been out a few more times. You'd need more 'safety gear' if fishing off shore tho. There's a bunch of guys who regularly fish offshore - but mostly spinning or trolling, not fly fishing

A lot of the offshore boys prefer the more solid lifejackets - whilst a lot of estuary fishos prefer the inflatables.

I am sure the areas they fish would produce for you tho. Maybe attend one of the sessions .... join the Brisbane or Gold Coast mob: viewforum.php?f=77

here are some of their reports from our many offshore specialists
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Re: Fly Casting Lessons Around Brisbane

Postby Michal Duzynski » Thu Jan 26, 2017 5:56 pm

Ciao
I know, I know, I follow their reports and even signed up my self to some groups. I really love learning this so I follow them very carefully.
Im very impresed seeing guys puling a fish half size their kayak. Their kayaks are narrow and skiny and they still put some outstanding performance in it.I know it can be done with a fly rod as well, that is why Im so exited about the whole thing.
You see, fly casting is my life, I am a profesional distance caster compeating in world championshis and where ever I can, so for me fishless trup is still fantastic because I cast for hours and this is what I like to do.
If I can help somebody to improve their skills it would be for love to casting not for money.
After years of land based ff I decided on a kayak as my life style doesnt allow me to have a boat, and with kayak I can get to spots I could only dream about while landbased fly fishing.
Doors are open guys....
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