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.
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
As long as your non dominant hand and arm does not have any significant problems you should be able to learn to cast on that side easily. One suggestion that I have for you is for you to get some good, qualified, fly casting instruction by working with a good casting teacher. You will avoid a lot of problems and progress quickly this way. Even some of the best casters will get coached sometimes. 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. A good casting instructor will help you get beyond this. Otherwise it is simply a matter of practice, practice, practice. And make sure that you are practicing the correct form of stroke, so you are not teaching yourself to do a really good job of casting badly. http://olympicpeninsulaflyfishing.blogspot.com
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!
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.