By: Matt Heron
It’s a common thought that there are three ways in which people learn; visual, auditory and kinesthetic. Meaning some people will learn to cast by seeing the instructor cast, listening to how a fly cast is explained, or actually feeling a rod and making the cast themselves. For most people it’s a combination of all three.
Until recently, the only thing a student could hear was the dialog of the instructor explaining how to cast. Not long ago, SA came out with a new Mastery Textured line that to an instructor ‘sounds’ as good as it casts. This new ‘sound’ in fly casting has several benefits to anyone teaching casting. The sound generated by the line shooting through the guides can aid instruction in the double haul, stack mending as well as a few others. With that said, I feel when I’m teaching how to ‘shoot’ line is where this textured series really shines.
Historically when teaching shooting line, I’ve always instructed the students to watch two things, the stop of the rod and the simultaneous loosening of my fingers to let the line ‘shoot’. For the most part it’s easy to see the rod stop, but it was always tricky to see a few inches or feet of line shoot through my fingers. Textured line has changed all that. Now students can see me stop the rod, hopefully see the line shoot, but most importantly hear the shooting of line! With the perfect cast, you won’t hear any noise until after the rod stops.
Not only does this ‘sound’ allow me to demonstrate this process in a manner that is easier to understand for a beginner, it allows students to self diagnose themselves when not with an instructor. The timing of the release can be the biggest obstacle for people to overcome. Most beginners tend to release the line too early in the casting stroke. Now with the textured lines from SA, if you hear any noise before the rod has stopped, you know there was an error. This line can literally teach new casters to delay the release in the line hand until the ‘stop’ when practicing on their own.