"Keep an open mind" was how Tony Yap wrapped up his description of the casting clinic he will host on Saturday October 16. Tony knows about fly casting. When you watch Tony cast you are impressed with three things - 1) His casts are insanely long. 2) His casts are wickedly accurate 3) His casting stroke is amazingly efficient
Tony may not adhere to traditional mechanics of fly casting, and so he sometimes gets resistance to his methods. But no one can argue with the results. He is a world class tournament caster with the trophies, medals, and honors to bear witness to his proficiency. He also happens to be a fantastic instructor.
Tony Yap will be teaching a clinic on Understanding Casting at the Los Gatos Creek Casting Ponds on Saturday October 16, 10:00 AM. The clinic is free for members of San Jose Flycasters.
Before the last clinic Tony held a few weeks ago, we got about 9 sign ups and about 20 people showed up. This time we have about 19 people signed up. I think that is because those of us who attended the Accuracy and Distance Clinic all noticed marked improvement in our casting and we couldn't stop talking about it.
Efficiency is a key element in casting and can get overshadowed by other aspects of the casting stroke. Efficiency translates into longer, more accurate casts and the ability to fish all day without as much fatigue - or downright soreness. I mean, my arm goes numb and feels like it's going to fall off after the first hour on some trips. I want to learn how to eliminate all that wasted motion in my own casting.
Bring your favorite fly rod - 5 to 10 wt - with matching weight forward floating line, leader, tippet and yarn - no hooks please. And be sure to bring eye protection - if you don't wear eye protection you cannot participate.
We'll start at 10:00 AM and the clinic should last 2 to 3 hours so you may want to bring a snack and something to drink.
Parking is $6 payable at the kiosk - non payers will be ticketed.