admin March 19th, 2011
Current SE Qld Certified Casting Instructors Shaun Ash, Paul Goodey and I were fortunate to be invited to join a Master Casting Instructors Workshop held in March at Jindabyne. The Master Casting Instructors qualification is offered by the Federation of Fly Fishers – there are currently six master casting instructors in Australia none of whom are based in Queensland.
The course was facilitated by current Master Casting Instructors Brian Henderson and Tony Loader – beyond their formal qualifications both are extremely well regarded in the fly casting field. To the best of my knowledge this course was the first formal course to be held in Australia to this end.
We were joined on the course by Certified Casting Instructors and fellow Queenslander Ward Nicholas (from Townsville), George Forster from Victoria, Rory Graham and Paul Regan from Sydney. Current CCI candidate and accomplished Townsville caster Richard Wallace made up the numbers on the course – an invaluable experience for Richard.
The course was extremely intensive being held over four days, in some instances commencing at 8 am and continuing with lectures and discussions extending to late in the evening. In fact there was barely time for candidiates to enjoy a late afternoon visit to Eucumbene for a quick fish.
Much was learnt by all candidates. The MCI performance test is not a walk in the park, consisting of twenty specified casting tasks and any number of questions raised by the examiners. The content of the course can be viewed on the Federation of Fly Fishers web site, as may the content of the CCI performance test.
The current course was largely based on the first five tasks of the performance test. Shaun, Paul and I had spent much time on preparation for these tasks already, yet were still surprised by what was left to add to both our practical casting abilities and theoretical knowledge of these tasks.
A great thanks to both Brian and Tony for their extremely valuable input – both clearly spent an enormous amount of time preparing for the course, and it certainly showed.