Video Tuesday Tip: How to Teach Kids to Fly Cast

As the end of the school year approaches, we hope that many fly fishers are taking the time to teach a youngster to cast. One sure way to discourage a young would-be fly caster, though, is to get bogged down in discussions of rod action, loading and unloading, and the importance of straight-line acceleration.

Here, Pete Kutzer of the Orvis Fly Fishing Schools demonstrates a very simple method for teaching that first short cast. A basic three-count will help the novice angler cast a good 20 to 30 feet of line, which is plenty for catchinh panfish or even bass on your local pond. False-casting, double-hauling, and the snap-T can all come later. For now, just teach them enough to catch that first fish.

5 thoughts on “Video Tuesday Tip: How to Teach Kids to Fly Cast”

  1. Thanks Pete! Our TU group is planning on working with some kids this spring/summer and I think we’ll try this technique out. Good stuff as usual.

  2. If you add a shallow riffly run on a river into the equation shortly after you can get them catching small trout, salmon Parr on a down stream wet fly swing single light weight nymph that way the line will also be loading the rod and assist in the casting practice ,keeping them occupied and interested casting and catching

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