I was out fishing on a warm Saturday afternoon recently with my son. He is not a Fisherman and we spent part of the morning with a casting session. Now, I am not a qualified coach, so it was not a casting lesson as such. But I think I know enough to show him the rudiments of casting. He seemed to pick up enough tips so that he could cast a fairly long line on grass and when we progressed to the river, he managed quite well. The line landed quite softly and not with a splash.
We moved to a large lake in the afternoon. As we approached our preferred position, we could see some fish moving in the ripple. Unfortunately, we were casting into the wind and I was concerned that might affect our casting. I prefer to fish into the wind, because that pushes the food into the bank, hence the fish follow the food source.
On an early cast I connected to a very fit Rainbow, with a fly I had only tied that morning (long green nymph). It jumped a couple of times, took an unhealthy interest in the fly and decided to keep it, as it swam off towards the middle of the lake. That was the only solid contact either of us had. We had some more tentative takes on a variety of patterns, that favourite green nymph, a black lure (tadpole like), black PTN and orange blob, well on the bottom.
It had been an enjoyable afternoon and we both enjoyed it. He enjoyed it, especially, as his casting improved as the session went on , he'd made some contact with fish and he's looking forward to a repeat visit, later in the summer.