How to Fly Cast: Goals 1-5 – Fly Casting Master Course
Complete this flight of fly casting goals and you'll be at the pinnacle of skilled casters...
• Understanding all principles
• Air and water cast mastery
• All angles, all distances
• Understanding balanced equipment
• Fly line tapers
• Efficient equipment solutions
• Mastering all fly casts
• Access to all waters
• Take private water with you, everywhere
For truly dedicated fly anglers, we offer our Master Cast fly casting package. The goal of this flight of fly casting courses is to give you complete mastery of fly line control. Upon completion, you'll have the principle-based skill set to control your fly fishing destiny. Accuracy, controlled distance and subtle pretensions will be yours at will. Wind will become irrelevant and the world of fly fishing possibilities will finally be exposed.
Butter smooth, efficient loops of fly line will leap effortlessly from your fly rod's tip, penetrate wind and present your fly exactly where you want it. Straight casts and curved casts will be yours for the picking and previously impossible casts to ungodly targets will become commonplace.
With these fly casting skills, you'll unlock the secret...that you can take “private water” with you anywhere you fish. Fishing guides will smile upon your first cast and you'll be escorted to more challenging waters, where the big fish live. You'll never rush to the river again, as you'll be fishing your own waters, with the fly casting skills that most anglers lack.
You'll no longer just catch fish on fly fishing tackle. Instead, you'll earn your fish by leveraging your casting principles to create a more than likely outcome...a fish you chose to catch. This subtle, but important difference will add immeasurable enjoyment to the sport you already love.
Fly fishing equipment will no longer just be a casual choice for you. It will become a confident solution to your fishing experience, as you'll understand the principles and physics behind an efficient and balanced fly fishing outfit, suited to your fly fishing desires.
Most importantly, you'll become a fly casting ambassador to this great sport. Your casting skills will be noticed by others. Questions will be asked. Should you choose, you'll have the ability to change other fly anglers' experiences.
Think about it, what other outdoor sport could you master in only ten hours of instruction and a bit of practice? If fly fishing is in your blood, we at Leland are here for you. If you give us your trust, focused attention and limited time, we promise you won't be disappointed. Give us a toll-free call at 866-672-1959 and we'll put a date on the calendar that will change your fly fishing life.
How to Fly Cast: Goal 1 - Form a Loop
Efficiently forming a loop of fly line will unlock the magic of fly fishing.
• Three principles of efficient fly casting
• Pulling fly line to a stop
• Forming an effective loop
• Confirming your fly equipment is balanced
• Balancing your fly equipment, if possible
• Demonstrating balanced, efficient Leland equipment
• Confidence in fly casting and basic fly fishing
• Excitement for the sport of fly fishing
• Path to fly fishing success
Far more than just a fly casting demonstration, our best-selling product is a necessary component for you to truly enjoy the sport. Think of it as a welcome mat for anyone who's ever wanted to fly fish.
The defining attribute of our sport is the unique way we deliver our lure (the fly) using a weighted line (the fly line). The goal of this gathering is to give you the three (and only three) important principles of efficient fly line control for fly casts up to forty feet.
Our qualified staff will assist you in forming an elegant, efficient loop of fly line using a fully-balanced Leland fly fishing outfit. This essential skill will begin to unlock the magic of fly fishing. With it, you can begin to deliver your fly with control and accuracy, while celebrating the sport.
Efficient fly casting is is of course an important component of the sport of fly fishing, but there's more. We'll also cover some of the rudimentary principles of fishing. Nothing too deep in detail. Just enough fishing information to give you the confidence that you'll arrive stream-side with a good cast and a responsible understanding of fly fishing.
For two hours at our beautiful ranch, you'll have the undivided attention of a Leland staff member. Whether honing your fly cast, discussing the basics of fly fishing or reviewing the limited tackle required to participate, the goal is put you at ease, build confidence and responsibly prepare you for an enjoyable day on the water.
Don't put fly fishing off another year, start your journey correctly. Give us a toll-free call at 866-672-1959 and book your fly fishing experience at the Leland Ranch today. You won't be disappointed.
How to Fly Cast: Goal 2 – Line Control
Controlling your fly line is the goal. Accuracy, efficiency and happiness on every cast is the payoff.
• Pulling fly line from air
• Pulling fly line from water
• Fly line control at all angles
• Fly cast where others cannot
• Fish your fly where others cannot
• Catch fish others cannot
Leveraging what you've mastered from Goal 1 – Forming an efficient Loop, it's now time to add control to your fly casting game with fly casts up to forty feet.
Fly line control is imperative to fish catching success. Simply put, the world's greatest fly (if there actually was one) is nearly useless unless you can put it where you want it. We'll make sure you'll have the skill set to accurately place your fly where you wish.
Furthermore, with our proven casting principles, you'll be on your way to understanding how to fly cast in challenging situations that other anglers deem impossible. You'll be able to access waters (and the fish in these waters) that to other anglers, simply don't exist.
We call this approach, “private water casting.” In essence, there is private water within every public stream or river that is often unfished. We'll give you the principles, understanding and techniques to fish this untouched water and catch the best fish in the run.
Whether air casting or water casting, your fly fishing world will expand greatly. You won't have to rush to the public water. Instead, you can take your time and fish the waters you choose to fish and catch the fish that others only dream about.
It's time to raise the fly casting bar with fly line control and we're here to help you. Give us a toll-free call at 866-672-1959 and we'll put a date on your calendar that you'll never regret.
How to Fly Cast: Goal 5 – Efficient Two-Hand Fly Casting
Efficiently casting a two-handed fly rod at all angles literally opens up your world of fly fishing
• Two-handed water casting
• Two-handed air casting
• Changing casting angles
• Balancing your two-handed line system
• Demonstrating balanced, efficient Leland two-handed equipment
• Cast at all angles
• Access all waters
• Catch more fish
If you dream of chasing steelhead or salmon in broader rivers, nothing compares to the function and potential enjoyment of using a two-handed fly fishing outfit. These longer fly rods provide extra leverage and fly line “lift” allowing you to cast in extremely tight quarters and access fish that other single-hand fly casters only dream about.
With the right information and equipment, you'll be able to comfortably and efficiently expand your fishing opportunities...and we've got it all waiting for you here at the Leland Ranch in Sonoma.
With thirty years of experience in fly casting instruction, we've distilled the basic principles that are necessary for you to truly understand how to efficiently and enjoyably cast a balanced two-handed fly fishing outfit.
With confidence and a new fly casting skill set, you'll begin to unlock the fishing potential that awaits you. You'll be able to cast in seemingly impossible conditions to waters that were previously unavailable to you...and catch fish that you only dreamed about.
We'll also demystify the overwhelming choices available in two-handed fly line systems, giving you the understanding and confidence that you'll have the correct fly line for angling success.
There's also a hidden secret to two-handed fly casting. Once you understand the basic principles of two-handed line dynamics, you'll apply them even when you're casting your single-handed fly rod.
Let's expand your fly fishing world. Let's unlock untouched waters and give you access to even more trophy fish and memories. Let's get you efficiently casting a two-handed fly rod. Let's get you up to the Leland Ranch. Give us a toll-free call at 866-672-1959 and we'll begin your two-handed journey.
How to Fly Cast: Goal 3 – Efficient Distance Casting
Adding distance to any cast can increase your enjoyment of the sport...and earn you more fish!
• Efficient, Controlled Distance
• Shooting Line from Water
• Shooting Line from Air
• Balancing your fly equipment, if possible
When fly casters think about distance, far too often the focus is solely on the longest fly cast possible. To us at Leland, this is missing the point. Controlled distance is the real goal. With it, you can put your fly accurately where you want it, whether close, medium and of course, far.
To reach out further with your fly cast, power is not the only consideration. Instead, efficiency and a well-formed loop are the necessary building blocks. Only when a loop of fly line is properly formed will it travel through the air with as little resistance as possible creating fly casts beyond forty feet.
If you've visited us for our fly casting goals, 1 and 2, you're now ready for Goal 3. Leveraging our proven fly casting principles, we'll show you how to efficiently form a smooth fly line loop. We'll prove to you that you can cast in the wind and we'll provide you with the necessary skill set to reach out further with your fly cast than you ever thought possible,while still remaining accurate.
With these casting skills wind will become far less relevant to your day on the water. You'll be able to access water that other anglers cannot touch and catch the fish that most fly casters only dream about. Beyond increasing your fish count, you'll add further enjoyment to this great sport. You'll celebrate each cast and catch.
If you're ready to continue your fly fishing journey by upping your fly casting game. Give us a toll-free call at 866-672-1959. We'll get a date on your calendar for a visit to the Leland Ranch where we'll add controlled distance to your fly cast and value to your fly fishing experience.
Salmon School 2015 on Norway's Verdal River
Week 1: June TBD
Week 2: June TBD / $1850
Week 3: July TBD / $2015
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No one in the world has more experience fly fishing for Atlantic salmon than Göran Andersson. In his six decades on the water, Andersson's landed over 5,000 15+ pound Atlantic salmon while wading unassisted (he meticulously logs every fish in his journals). When you pair this with the fact that he pioneered the underhand cast and helped design some of fly fishing's most innovative gear, it's clear that this is more than just a fly fishing school.
Spend a week with Andersson on his native waters, honing your cast and technique while bringing in salmon upwards of 30 pounds. It's a lifetime's worth of experience distilled into a week of comprehensive angling education. Leland's own Josh Frazier and Val Atkinson attended Andersson's 2013 school, returning with a new perspective not just on fishing for Atlantic salmon, but on what it means to learn from a master of the sport.
The comprehensive course covers everything you'll need to be a better angler:
- Master your underhand and overhand cast
- Learn where to fish most effectively, no matter the conditions
- How to control fly movement and fly depth
- How to select and design patterns for every situation
- How to select and construct shooting heads and custom running lines
- Eliminate casting strain on your back, neck and shoulder
- How to fight, land, and safely release large salmon
The school is located on the Verdal River, 70km north of the airport in Trondheim Norway, and less than 50km from the Swedish border. Accommodations are provided by Ostnes Farm, including quaint two-bedroom cabins a short walk from the river. Teaching occurs for 4 hours each day in Swedish and English, and dinner is included in the price.
While conventional fishing with my father on the banks of the San Joaquin each summer, I watched casters of those long rods paint the water with dry flies. These fly fishermen were free to search every nook of the stream for the native, colorful, and wily trout. I feared this type of angling freedom was not available to me. Luckily, driven by the legacy of my Grandfather and images of these "free" fly fishers, I challenged my apprehension and picked up a fly rod.
Leland Fly Fishing Outfitters is a full-service fly shop that has provided anglers in the San Francisco Bay Area with top quality gear and education since 1985. As we continue to serve Bay Area anglers from our Sonoma Ranch, the Internet has given us the chance to extend our service to fly anglers across the planet, and that's an opportunity and privilege we're excited to have.
Leland is the grandfather I never met. Unfortunately he passed away before I was born, but through bed-time stories told by my father, his life, and most memorably his passion for fly fishing, were carried forward. A man whose face I only knew from black and white photos taken along the Owens River was slowly becoming a legend in my mind. As I grew older and came to understand that fly fishing was more than just a pastime, these photos and stories began to resonate. Sadly, I thought fly fishing was a mystery whose complexity and history had to be learned from a sage like my grandfather, a man who now only lived in lore and legend like the sport itself.While conventional fishing with my father on the banks of the San Joaquin each summer, I watched the wielders of long rods paint the water with their colored lines and dry flies. These fly fishermen were free to search every corner of the stream for the colorful, native trout. I feared this type of angling freedom was not available to me. Driven by the legacy of my grandfather and images of these "free" fly fishers, I challenged my apprehension and picked up a fly rod.Twenty years later I named my retail fly fishing business after this angling legend, Leland Frazier. This was an obvious and easy decision, as it was he who led me to fly fishing and his memory that lent me the courage to return to the river after those challenging days when I caught more trees on my back cast than fish on my forward cast.It's probably true that with Leland by my side it would have been easier to cover the water with my fly line and dry flies. I worked very hard to become a fly fisherman by reading, fishing, researching, and cornering anyone who knew anything about the sport. It was a long road, but I learned that with hard work, fly fishing, like anything in life, is attainable.We at Leland Fly Fishing Outfitters want to make it easy for you to become a fly fisher, as easy as if a wise grandfather were at your side every step of the way. I welcome and encourage you to let fly fishing connect you to your proud history, create history of your own, or perhaps give you the opportunity to fill your grandchildren with the same wonder, possibility, focus, and joy that Leland gives to me.– Josh Leland Frazier, Leland Fly Fishing Outfitters
Let us know how we can help you with any part of your angling dreams and pursuits. Call 866-672-1959 or email us at info@FlyFishingOutfitters.com
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