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Casting Instructions



Dayle is a Master Casting Instructor, certified by the International Federation of Fly Fishers.

  •  Individual Lessons – $50 / hour for 1 or 2 casters
  • Groups add $25 per person up to 6 people.
  • Larger groups can be accommodated … cost will be determined by a number of factors.
  • Please call for a quote and so we can discuss exactly what your group needs.

CHILDREN AND BEGINNERS :                                                                  

Dayle has a lot of experience with beginners and loves to work with children over the age of 8 to 10.

  • It is highly recommended that children are booked for a maximum of 1 hour at least the first time!  Adult/teen beginners should book a maximum of 2 hours as fatigue and cognitive overload reduce the efficacy of the lesson after that amount of time.
  •  Skills for Beginners :  (as appropriate)
    • Stringing the rod/ equipment check and recommendations
    • Basic knots and flies
    • Basic Casting Techniques
    • Picking up line
    • False casting
    • Feeding or shooting line
    • Roll casting

INTERMEDIATE CASTERS :                                                          

Those who can False Cast 35 – 50 feet of line with consistency.

Lessons for this level of caster are recommended to be 2 hours in length with a maximum of 3 hours and a minimum of 1 hour. A three-hour lesson runs $125.

  • Possible Skills to be taught:
    • Reach Casts
    • Double Haul
    • Slack Line Casts
    • Casting in the wind

ADVANCED CASTERS : Recommended for those with experience double hauling and some mending and wind casting   experience.

  • Possible Skills to be taught :                 
    • Distance
    • Aerial Mends
    • Curve Casts
    • Change-of-Direction Casts
    • Basic Spey Casts



  • Would you like to become an IFFF certified casting instructor? Learn more about casting and how to cast more effectively and, how to better teach your friends and family. Make a little money while you enjoy the art and science of teaching fly casting!
  • The IFFF offers a two level certification program. The level one certificate requires strong casting skills, moderate understanding of casting mechanics, and a basic understanding of teaching skills.


  • The level 2 certificate requires a greater mastery of those skills and knowledge. In addition, the MCI candidate is expected to have a comprehensive knowledge of fly fishing in general.
  • The IFFF website has a much more detailed description of instructional requirements.
  • We offer 3-day programs which you can find described in more detail in our section entitled “Fly Fishing Camps”.

100_0846MIXED GROUP INSTRUCTION :  2 to 20 casters 

We have a really good and extensively tested group of lessons for groups of 2 or more with varying abilities.  We will help the neophyte and, at the same time, challenge the advanced casters!

This instruction is available for a club or organization. Several Fly Fishing Club Casting Clinics have been presented, as well as corporate groups. Call for references.



This half-day class is designed for those who would like to immediately apply their new casting knowledge to a fishing situation. We typically spend an hour or two casting on the grass, take a snack break, and then head to a local stream to catch a few fish. The cost for this is $325 for one and $350 for two. Larger groups can be accommodated with advanced notice. Normal Times are from 9AM to 2PM. This class is designed for any level student.


    • Check in / Introduction- Check equipment, bathroom locations, setup of course,discuss student’s goals, fishing experience, projected future fishing adventures, commitment to practice, future lessons
    • Student demonstrates casting ability so lesson can be individually tailored.
    • Explanation of cast – how it can help you catch more fish.
    • Demonstration of cast or technique
    • Structured Practice – breakdown of cast into steps.  Practice one step at a time with Dayle, then add a step.
    • Guided Practice – Student performs cast and Dayle observes and points out strengths and weaknesses.  A strategy is developed to improve and move on.
    • Demonstration of drills you can do at home to further consolidate your new learning.
    • You’ll leave with what we call a VIP – Visual Instructional Plan – a written document detailing and describing the steps, drills, and other things you’ve learned.









Fly Fishing Western Wyoming, LLC

Dayle Mazzarella, Certified Master Casting Instructor

International Federation of Fly Fishers


What to Expect From a Casting Lesson

Your casting lesson will start with a review of your prior fishing and/or fly fishing experience.

If you are a beginner, we will go over the equipment, including proper assembly, care and maintenance, as well as gear selection considerations.  We will also discuss the uniqueness of fly-fishing and how it differs from other types of fishing.

Next, it’s on to the casting mechanics.  Proper grip and rod arm mechanics will be emphasized.

For beginners, you will learn the roll cast, basic cast, false casting, and shooting line.

We will also talk about ways for you to practice your new skills.

Beginners lessons usually take place on the grass, so be ready for a lot of casting practice.

All equipment is provided for the first lesson.  The student should bring hat, eye protection or sunglasses, jacket or rain gear, and appropriate footwear.

For experienced casters, your lesson will start off with you demonstrating your typical cast.  During this time I will be analyzing your cast, looking for areas to improve both your skill and efficiency.  The lesson proceeds with working on your cast from basic to advanced concepts.  Each lesson is individualized depending on a person’s needs and fishing interests.

Bring you own equipment if you like, use a 5 – 7 wt rod with brightly colored floating line, with a 7.5’ 0-X tippet and a small, brightly colored yarn fly.  You’ll want it for practice.

Lessons are generally 1+ hour and conclude with a review of which skills the student needs to focus on, and which tools will help him or her do this.  There will be time for additional questions and answers during this time as well.  Beginner students will receive additional written materials to help introduce you to the sport of fly fishing.  All students will receive written descriptions of all drills used in their session.

How to get the most out of your casting lesson.

First, you should discuss your learning needs and goals with me.

Be prepared for the weather.  A jacket or rain slicker may be needed; if it is cool, bring layers.  If it is sunny, bring your sunscreen.

Be prepared for a lot of casting. Fly casting is a skill and, as in other sports, skill building requires repetition.  You may make hundreds of casts during your lesson.

Have fun!  This is supposed to be fun, so have an open mind, relax and enjoy learning a new skill or be kind to yourself and allow yourself to develop new habits.

Ask questions.  The same explanation will not work for everyone, so ask questions if you’re not sure or something is unclear.  The goal is for you to understand and be able to then practice on your own as you perfect your skills.

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