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Advanced Casting School

These intensive one-day advanced fly casting classes are designed to take intermediate and better casters to the next level. We spend minimal time on the basics; it is necessary to have good loop control out to 45-50 feet to get the most from this class. Class size is small. We only allow 6 students per session. There will be a lot of one-on-one time with Ray Schmidt and Bruce Richards.


A student casts with the casting analyzer fly rod, as Ray Schmidt instructs him.

Casting Class Topics

Things we cover:

  1. Perfecting your loops.
  2. The mechanics of the fly cast
  3. Carrying more line.
  4. Effectively shooting more line.
  5. Double hauling.
  6. More distance in the wind.
  7. More distance with less effort.
  8. Making quick, long casts (important in saltwater.)
  9. New techniques such as spey casts for single-hand rods.
  10. New rods, reels, lines, and leaders that will put you over the top.

We will be utilizing both video analysis and the electronic casting analysis device developed by Noel Perkins from the University of Michigan and Bruce Richards. This new device precisely measures the casting stroke and charts it on a graph, which allows very detailed stroke analysis and comparison with other casters. (Schmidt Outfitters has a casting analyzer in the fly shop permanently for students and clients.) Students will have their casting analysis charts printed out and given to them. There is no other school in the country using this new technology at this time. This is the place that casting instructors come to go to the next level!

Ray and Bruce are widely recognized as outstanding casters, and more importantly, have the ability to teach good casters to become great casters. Bruce is on the Board of Governors of the Certified Casting Instructor program for the Federation of Fly Fishers. He has trained and certified many casting instructors in both the regular program and the Master instructor program. Bruce has instructed thousands of people in his 25 plus years of casting instruction. He is the senior fly line designer for Scientific Anglers.

Ray is on the Advisory Board of the Certified Casting Instructor Program of the FFF. Ray owns and operates Schmidt Outfitters, a full service fly shop, lodge, guide service, travel service and home of the countries best Fly Fishing School. He has instructed thousands of people in the art of fly casting and fly fishing in his 30 plus years in the fly fishing world.

This program is limited to 6 students each day. The cost of the program is $400.00 per person. Included is one night lodging at Schmidt’s lodge, breakfast, lunch and dinner.


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