How Do You Learn To Cast With Your Non-Dominant Hand?

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  1. Krusty

    Krusty Krusty Old Effer

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    By the time I was 14 I was pretty good with either hand...but I guess we're talking about flycasting...so I dunno.
     
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    Start brushing your teeth with your non-dominant hand. High-school basketball coach's advice to get your other hand into the mix. Surprisingly effective.
     
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    I suspect this would actually be a good indication for an Echo micro practice rod.
     
  4. Steve Slater

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    Doesn't exactly answer the question, but when I feel the need to cast from the other side of my body, I usually turn around and present the fly on the back cast. Would definitely be more elegant to get good with my left hand, though.
     
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  5. LCnSac

    LCnSac John or "LC"

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    I spent an hour thirty at a park today practicing left handed casting. You guys are right; it's not as tough as I thought. I'm not a great distance caster, but without hauls, which so far are a complete fail with my left hand, I was able to get within a foot of a soda can at 45 feet. That's not where I want to be, but OK for the first run.

    I smacked my left shoulder and head a few times, which I never do right handed, so I'm assuming I'm somehow not in a straight casting line. I don't know why but I can correct it. I can do this! Thanks for all the wonderful tips. ~John
     
  6. Greg Armstrong

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    I learned some things from your post Bob.
    But, I couldn't help remembering one of your prior posts referencing Lefty Kreh's comment to you long ago, and having a little chuckle to myself.
    I'm a totally self taught caster and boy, does it show - bad habits are hard to break once instilled over decades!
     
  7. LCnSac

    LCnSac John or "LC"

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    One issue that may come up is that, if you are right handed to begin with, you are likely right eye dominant as well. (Or visa versa). And when you begin casting with your non dominant hand, that hand will tend to cross over to your dominant side during the stroke, with your hand ending up in line with the dominant eye. This will seriously impede your casting.

    I can confirm this, LOL! Thank you Greg for re-posting Bob's comments. I completely forgot. I decided yesterday to get some help. i think we all need that anyway from a skilled third party from time to time.



    My experience with casting instructors is like with math teachers and professors; most know their stuff but are not very good teachers. I had one a year ago that taught me more in 30 minutes than all the other lessons combined. He's not around any more, but I will reach out and find someone.