The Rio Grande Valley Fly Tyer's Club offers casting lessons to it's members. Most casting lessons are free, but specialized casting clinics may be attended with a nominal fee.
Dr. Reynaldo Ramirez, Jr. is an IFFF Certified Casting Instructor. He teaches both public and private casting lessons. He is also the south Texas Angler Education Area Chief through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Both casting and fly fishing events will be posted on this page.
The plan is to provide from basic to advanced level classes.
Basic Fly Fishing and Intermediate Fly Fishing classes are offered throughout the year. These classes are free and are provided as a service through Texas Parks and Wildlife Department sponsorship.
Basic Fly Fishing is open to adults and youth over 10 years of age. Participants learn the basics of fly casting, flyfishing knots, fly tying, fishing safety, state regulations and ethics. Freshwater and saltwater topics will be covered and the equipment is provided. The class is intended to provide a general overview of fly fishing and is not meant to ready the student for fly fishing.
The Intermediate Fly Fishing class takes participants into the next step by providing a practical approach to fly fishing through topics such as the four-part cast, leader and tippet construction, habitat and environmental influences on fish, fly tying, and becoming familiar with fly fishing tackle. Some participants develop enough skill to be able to catch fish with a fly rod.
Intermediate Casting Workshops are given once a month to those that have reached a level that has allowed them to be successful fly fishers, but yet want to improve their casting skills. These workshops are usually given once a month to those who can cast over 50 feet and want to perfect their backcasts, distance, double haul, and other speciality casts.
CCI Casting Clinics are designed for the advanced fly caster who desires to learn more advanced fly casting skills and who wants to prepare for the Certified Casting Certification through the Federation of Fly Fishers. This program is a series of carefully designed clinics to not only learn fly casting at a higher level, but be able to teach others to cast a fly rod. Participants in these classes must be members in good standing with the International Federation of Fly Fishers. To learn more about the casting program visith the federation website. The region has very few certified casting instructors south of San Antonio. Dr. Ramirez is the only instructor in extreme south Texas so there is a great need to increase the number of CCI's.
Basic Fly Casting - November 15, 2014
Improving Casting Accuracy - October 25, 2014
Basic Fly Fishing - March 2014
Intermediate Fly Fishing - March 2014
CCI Casting Clinics - February 15, 2014
Improving the Backcast - July 19, 2014
Distance Casting - August 23, 2014
Double Haul - September 27, 2014
Testimonial from Daniel de la Vina
Good afternoon Rey. Following up from our lesson this past Saturday. Below is what I was able to take from the lesson.
The intermediate fly casting lesson really emphasized the "back cast" of a person's fly cast. As Rey said it, "without a good back cast your front cast will suffer". I received critiques of my entire casting stroke detailing out the major contributing faults in my technique. I had too much movement in my back cast which affected the way my rod would load and the slack in my fly line. I was also not keeping my rod running in a straight line which increased my loop and created drag. Amongst other issues I was able to increase my longest cast from 45' to 70' at the end of our 3hr session. This would of definitely been something I would of not been able to figure out on my own. I now know what I need to focus on in my own practicing to better improve for the next month's lesson. I highly recommend these lessons to everyone that would like to improve at casting, it was very informative and beneficial. Now I need to get back to practicing and work on my tailing loops haha.
Sent via email on July 23, 2014