FUN-damentals of Fly Casting as taught by Chris Korich!
THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO "LEARN TO FLY FISH" (LTFF) BEGINNER STUDENTS ONLY.
However, other members are invited to observe from the lawn in front of the Anglers Lodge.
GGACC honored club member CHRIS KORICH, 12-time World Casting Champion and the coach of the U.S. Casting Team (and personal coach of the current women's world champ, 15yr-old Maxine McCormick) has generously agreed to provide a free 2-hour session of a hands-on fly casting clinic
at the GGACC casting ponds on Saturday, February 29, 2020.
Although this event shows on the club calendar as only starting at 10:00am, there will be a separate session of this clinic on this one date for each Class "Section" (A or B) of the registered students in the 2020 Beginner Class ONLY in the Learn to Fly Fish program!
Each separate morning and afternoon session of this casting clinic is being held on that one Saturday, February 29, for up to 20 participants in each session who are previously registered students in this year's (2020) Learn to Fly Fish (LTFF) "Beginner" class. This means that those Class Section A students (who have LTFF classroom instruction that Sat. morning) can attend that Saturday afternoon's casting clinic starting at 1:30pm; and the Class Section B students (whose classroom instruction doesn't start until that Sunday morning) can attend that Saturday morning's casting clinic starting at 10:00am.
There is a long break allowed between the two clinics to allow for Section A people to leave the park to get lunch on Balboa St. (3 streets to the north) or Irving St. or Judah St. (both a few streets south of the park), if they choose not to bring a sack lunch that day.
All 2020 Beginner students are strongly encouraged to attend one of these two casting clinic sessions if they can possibly make it (because it could change everything for you!) -- and are asked to REGISTER ONLINE NOW for this event so we know the expected count for each session. Any open spots after the preceding Friday morning are likely to be offered to the Novice or Intermediate class students to participate.
More experienced LTFF students, past and present, and other club members are welcome to come to one of these clinic sessions to watch and listen to Chris' unique teaching style and concise instruction (bring a chair or blanket to sit on the grass slope, and a butt section of a rod). We promise, it will be both entertaining and eye opening!
This special casting session will teach the following foundational skills for fly fishing, in ways you simply haven't heard or experienced before!
- Skeletal Grip & Stance Alignment (at targets!)
- · Roll Casting
- · Line Retrieving & Extending
- · Fish Fighting & Line Management
- · Short-line False Casting
While the clinic will focus on mastering basic fly casting skills by performing FUN drills, Chris will also teach how to practice effectively on your own (or with a fishing friend) and suggest excellent training methods for doing so.
Location: Golden Gate Angling & Casting Club pools, GG Park, SF
Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020
Time: Beginner Class Section B students: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Beginner Class Section A students: 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
These sessions will be similar to the training that Chris plans to introduce at the scheduled monthly "Accuracy Casting Games" (for both competitive casters and wannabes, as held this year typically on the 3rd [or 4th] Sunday morning of each month at the GGACC ponds, or as shown on the club calendar). So consider coming to watch many of the Bay Area's best casters (including some regional, national, and even world-class competitors!) if you haven't done so before and, for the first time this year, taking part in Chris's development program to continue to improve your casting. First-timers are always welcome to participate in the games too, since there are three levels of competition to encourage more beginners to compete. (See separate Casting Games calendar events for more info).
Korich's clinic registrants on this day will be working together (in pairs) at 10 casting stations and using new shorter rod training outfits provided at each station. If you have one, your own 4-6wt single-hand fly rod may also be utilized. Your reel should have a floating line with a "dressed yarn fly" (i.e., a piece of yarn with a little silicone floatant applied) on an "old" tapered nylon leader from 7-9 ft long); however, DO NOT assemble your rod or string up your outfit until instructed to do so.
And do yourself a big favor, DON’T practice and thereby "tire out" or ingrain bad habits before the clinic starts!
For questions about this event, contact either John Murphy (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Chris Korich (email@example.com) directly.