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#12374535 - 08/06/17 09:45 AM Saltwater fly casting instructor?
sneltyr Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 07/21/13
Posts: 7
Loc: Houston
Hi,
I had asked this question a few years ago but life & teenagers got in the way of pursuing. Hopefully it's a better time. My wife & I have done some limited saltwater fishing (bonefish) and would like to get some casting lessons.

I'd like to be choosy on who we go too.

A couple names that came up last time I asked were Ken Cole and Bill Gammell.

I don't have Ken Cole's contact.

Thanks for any guidance. Thoughts on Ken or Bill or any other great instructors. We are on west side of houston but happy to drive.

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#12374698 - 08/06/17 12:53 PM Re: Saltwater fly casting instructor? [Re: sneltyr]
TioPick Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 09/27/16
Posts: 97
Loc: Paradise on the Rio
I do not know any of these people personally but here is the link.

http://www.flyfishersinternational.org/R...01/Default.aspx

If you do not have any luck I can put on a suit and crab my attache case and qualify as an expert thereby able to come to Houston and take your money. I know an instructor down here in the Valley (he is also a Phd) who will be back in town in Sept.
Good Luck

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#12374763 - 08/06/17 01:53 PM Re: Saltwater fly casting instructor? [Re: sneltyr]
RexW Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 09/24/02
Posts: 2999
Loc: Sherman, TX
There are multiple instructors available in the Houston area.

Here are four people that I have worked with before and I recommend all of them. They are all FFI (formally FFF) certified casting instructors. Their contact information is available on the FFI website, http://flyfishersinternational.org/Resources/LocateMembers/CastingInstructors/tabid/301/Default.aspx .

Bill Gammel (Baytown), Ken Cole (Woodlands), Gary Davison (Willis), and Stacy Lynn (Houston).


If you want to work with a fly shop, Stacy is one of the owners of Bayou City Angler in Houston.

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#12376753 - 08/07/17 09:03 PM Re: Saltwater fly casting instructor? [Re: sneltyr]
split cane rod Offline
Angler

Registered: 02/10/04
Posts: 474
Loc: Longview, TX
I worked with Ken Cole at Orvis in Dallas several (10+?) years ago. I bumped into him in Athens a couple years back. Definitely recommend him if you can get in contact with him. Tell him 'J.R.' Said HI!

JR
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#12377556 - 08/08/17 01:25 PM Re: Saltwater fly casting instructor? [Re: sneltyr]
Jim Ford Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 01/28/12
Posts: 1412
Loc: Texas
Ken's in The Woodlands. thewoodlandsflyanglersclub.org (sign up -- it's free) sponsors weekly casting tutorials most weekends with certified instructors. I work weekends now, but when I used to participate Ken used to show up frequently.

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#12377617 - 08/08/17 02:16 PM Re: Saltwater fly casting instructor? [Re: split cane rod]
sneltyr Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 07/21/13
Posts: 7
Loc: Houston
Originally Posted By: split cane rod
I worked with Ken Cole at Orvis in Dallas several (10+?) years ago. I bumped into him in Athens a couple years back. Definitely recommend him if you can get in contact with him. Tell him 'J.R.' Said HI!

JR


SCR - thanks for the reply. Does Orvis teach a different casting style than the rest. I seem to remember something like that but I'm getting old

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#12377742 - 08/08/17 03:27 PM Re: Saltwater fly casting instructor? [Re: sneltyr]
RexW Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 09/24/02
Posts: 2999
Loc: Sherman, TX
Originally Posted By: sneltyr
Does Orvis teach a different casting style than the rest.


No, they do not. The casting style that is taught during any casting lesson is depend on the skill and knowledge of the individual instructor leading that class. Obviously, some instructors are better at certain styles than others, regardless of the location offering the lesson.

If you are interested in a specific casting style or technique, then I recommend discussing what you want with the instructor before booking the lesson. You might even talk to several and then book the lesson with whichever instructor you feel best meets your needs.

Good luck!
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#12382511 - 08/11/17 05:17 PM Re: Saltwater fly casting instructor? [Re: sneltyr]
TioPick Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 09/27/16
Posts: 97
Loc: Paradise on the Rio
anytime someone says saltwater fly fishing many of us think of Left Kreh. Look at Amazon https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_7_7?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=lefty+kreh+fly+casting+video&sprefix=Lefty+K%2Cinstant-video%2C273&crid=16Y1DU2C9I3XK&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Alefty+kreh+fly+casting+video
I have not been able to afford the $50 DVD yet but bought the $14 book (I already own other Lefty books) and it cleared up a number of things for me. Others here might suggest that you see a professional instructor before you develop bad habits. Too late for me but the book did open my eyes. Yes I will also spend some time with an instructor eventually. My previous experience was on creeks and rivers and lakes for trout, steelhead, bass and bream... your bone fish experience would be much more closely related

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