Client Testimonial: "You Drive for Show and You Putt for Dough"

Why do so many golfers want to crush the ball, desiring maximum distance?  Likewise, why do so many anglers want to cast a fly-line a million miles?  Here’s a tip: whether you are on the golf course or a river, master your short game before you attempt distance.  During 95% of my class time, I purposely teach anglers how to be deadly accurate between thirty and fifty feet.  This approach will never make me a fly-fishing celebrity instructor, but in the end, you will be greatly rewarded — if you practice, I can guaranty it!   





























First of all I would like to say that I had a great time on Tuesday. I was very comfortable with you and enjoyed the company as well as the casting.  I look forward to doing it again.

I did the first practice since the lesson this morning. I set up a hula hoop with a 9 inch plate in the center and dropped a plate at 30’ and 40’ to mark my standing position. I actually found 40’ easier because  I could feel the line better. I practiced right and left handed and also some with my eyes closed. I had the best accuracy with my eyes closed. Strange.  For now, just getting in the hoop I consider good.

This is the first practice that I can recall doing where either some or the greater part of it didn’t contain trying to cast as far as I could. I have set some new goals and standards for my practice as a direct result of your influence and instruction: I will not cast further than I can cast accurately and without crashing the line down on the water. One of my priorities in taking the lesson was to learn why I was crashing and you answered that. 
  
R. Rosa. Kennebunkport, Maine. USA

Why do so many golfers want to crush the ball, desiring maximum distance?  Likewise, why do so many anglers want to cast a fly-line a million miles?  Here's a tip: whether you are on the golf course or a river, master your short game before you attempt distance.  During 95% of my class time, I purposely teach anglers how to be deadly accurate between thirty and fifty feet.  This approach will never make me a fly-fishing celebrity instructor, but in the end, you will be greatly rewarded -- if you practice, I can guaranty it!   
































First of all I would like to say that I had a great time on Tuesday. I was very comfortable with you and enjoyed the company as well as the casting.  I look forward to doing it again.

I did the first practice since the lesson this morning. I set up a hula hoop with a 9 inch plate in the center and dropped a plate at 30’ and 40’ to mark my standing position. I actually found 40’ easier because  I could feel the line better. I practiced right and left handed and also some with my eyes closed. I had the best accuracy with my eyes closed. Strange.  For now, just getting in the hoop I consider good.

This is the first practice that I can recall doing where either some or the greater part of it didn’t contain trying to cast as far as I could. I have set some new goals and standards for my practice as a direct result of your influence and instruction: I will not cast further than I can cast accurately and without crashing the line down on the water. One of my priorities in taking the lesson was to learn why I was crashing and you answered that. 
  
R. Rosa. Kennebunkport, Maine. USA

Fly-Fishing Instruction Dover, NH: It’s Never too Late!

We are all aware of the expression, “it’s never too late.”  This post is about the energy centered on this thought/expression.Meet Richard, an advance beginner, age 78, living in the great state of Maine.  Officially, Richard is the oldest fl…

We are all aware of the expression, "it's never too late."  This post is about the energy centered on this thought/expression.

Meet Richard, an advance beginner, age 78, living in the great state of Maine.  Officially, Richard is the oldest fly-casting client I have ever had.  He's self-employed, still happily working five days per week, and very much wants to bring his fly-casting skills to the next level -- you gotta love his energy!

Since Richard is an advance beginner, having taken lessons and fished on his own, I structured the class to meet his specific needs.  In the end, I combined my 1X and 2X casting classes.  This gave Richard an opportunity to cast on land and water.

Why Work with a Certified Casting Instructor? 

Within seconds I could tell what Richards casting strengths and weaknesses were.  He seemed shocked that it only took seconds for me to diagnose his casting stroke -- that's why you work with a certified casting instructor, especially an instructor who has real world experience.  Here's what Richard's problems were:

  1. Rod Tip Path:  the tip of his rod was not consistently traveling in a straight line.  
  2. Wrist Roll: he did not know that he rolling his wrist during the casting stroke.   

How to Fix?

Sorry folks, you'll have to come to my class to learn the many tricks I have to quickly correct casting issues. Here's my guaranty:

  1. I will teach you how you can self-correct 99% of all casting issues.  In other words, like a medical doctor, I will prescribe a set of specific drills-n-skills that will help you correct your issues -- that's what great instructor do.    
  2. Just remember, it's never too late to learn!  If you practice and re-train the body, you will get great results. 

Perfect Form!
 The 1X class in 100% on-land and worth every penny. 




























The 2X class is taught in water.
In water, we have the chance to follow-up on 1X fundamentals, but more importantly, we can take what you learned on-land, to the next level.  For example: I had him roll-casting open, medium and tight loops, with both hands.  We then moved to the roll pick-up cast and he was all smiles, from ear to ear.



































Gratitude

I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to teach as the money I earn goes directly towards my graduate school fund.  As of August 2016, I am an online graduate student at Adams State University (it's never too late to pursue your dreams).  When I finish the program, I will have a master's degree in clinical mental health counseling. With the combination of my education, skills, and life experiences; my goal, whether on or off the water, is to help you be a better you -- a better person and fly-fisherman.

Many Thanks.

Mark


Fly-Fishing Instruction Dover, NH: It’s Never too Late!

We are all aware of the expression, “it’s never too late.”  This post is about the energy centered on this thought/expression.Meet Richard, an advance beginner, age 71, living in the great state of Maine.  Officially, Richard is the oldest fl…

We are all aware of the expression, "it's never too late."  This post is about the energy centered on this thought/expression.

Meet Richard, an advance beginner, age 71, living in the great state of Maine.  Officially, Richard is the oldest fly-casting client I have ever had.  He's self-employed, still happily working five days per week, and very much wants to bring his fly-casting skills to the next level -- you gotta love his energy!

Since Richard is an advance beginner, having taken lessons and fished on his own, I structured the class to meet his specific needs.  In the end, I combined my 1X and 2X casting classes.  This gave Richard an opportunity to cast on land and in the water.

Why Work with a Certified Casting Instructor? 

Within seconds I could tell what Richards casting strengths and weaknesses were.  He seemed shocked that it only took seconds for me to diagnose his casting stroke -- that's why you work with a certified casting instructor, especially an instructor who has real world experience.  Here's what Richard's problems were:

  1. Rod Tip Path:  the tip of his rod was not consistently traveling in a straight line.  
  2. Wrist Roll: he did not know that he was rolling his wrist during the casting stroke.   

How to Fix?

Sorry folks, you'll have to come to my class to learn the many tricks I have to quickly correct casting issues. Here's my guaranty:

  1. I will teach you how you can self-correct 99% of all casting issues.  In other words, like a medical doctor, I will prescribe a set of specific drills-n-skills that will help you correct your issues -- that's what great instructor do.    
  2. Just remember, it's never too late to learn!  If you practice and re-train the body, you will get great results. 

Perfect Form!
 The 1X class is 100% on-land and according to my students, one of the best educational experiences of their lives. 




























The 2X class is taught in water.
In water, we have the chance to follow-up on 1X fundamentals, but more importantly, we can take what you learned on-land to the next level.  For example: I had him roll-casting open, medium and tight loops, with both hands.  We then moved to the roll pick-up cast and he was all smiles, from ear to ear.



































Gratitude

I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to teach as the money I earn goes directly towards my graduate school fund.  As of August 2016, I am an online graduate student at Adams State University (it's never too late to pursue your dreams).  When I finish the program, I will have a master's degree in clinical mental health counseling. With the combination of my education, skills, and life experiences; my goal, whether on or off the water, is to help you be a better you -- a better person and fly-fisherman.

Many Thanks.

Mark

PS.  Read Richard's testimonial at http://firstcastflyfishing.blogspot.com/p/raves.html