Sunday, July 1, 2012


Thinking of getting from A to B and back again.

Broken wrist, sprained ankle - phooey. Yippee, we're on our way - joyous adventure, here we come!

A - B more or less.
How we get from A - B
A la Comfort Inn.
In style.
B - A more or less.

Here's the gist: Phoenix Fly Casting Instructors are hitting the road. We're on the lamb from the heat and we've exciting "stuff" to do. We'll be teaching, taking classes, having fun, learning a lot and doing some fishing along the way. Unless we come to our senses, we'll be back in early August.

If you're anxious for a casting instructor in our absence, give a call & we'll give you a referral. Valley residents/visitors are lucky, we have some of the best instructors in the country right in our own backyard. Cheerio!

© Marian Tallon, July, 2012

Rio Salado Casting Club Summer News

July & August Sizzle; It's Just Too Darn Hot!

Like those of us lucky enough to hightail it out of town for the summer, Rio Salado Casting Club is taking a break during July and August. Club casts will resume when we can look forward to cooler temps... Saturday, September 29.

September 29 planned activities include Trout Fly, Angler's Fly or 5wt Distance & 1/4oz Spin Plug Accuracy. Time & location will be announced in a future notice.

Specs and rules for Trout Fly were in last month's newsletter. Usual accuracy skills apply, as well as roll cast accuracy & distance. Fun game! Specs and rules for Angler's Fly, 1/4oz Spin (ACA games) can be reviewed in the ACA rulebook. The 5wt Combination game specs & rules can be viewed here.

It may not be breaking news that the blazing heat is the summer norm for the valley, but it's good news there will be RSCC casts during the fall and spring. Ahh!

© Marian Tallon, July, 2012

New York Times Article

All the News That's Fit to Print" Gives Anglers Something to Think About.

Anyone see this, "Finding Work Through Others' Play"?* Here's what caught my eye:
'We didn’t get any [permit] today, but I learned so much,' Tallim said. 'The casting and fly retrieving tips I got from Charlie and Julio [guides] are worth more than getting a fish.'*
Really, what a good sport! (I know the feeling, see "12 Miles in 12 Hours".)

Good guides are professionals who know their home waters inside and out and keep their clients safe in all kinds of circumstances - no small feat. They know key flies, rigging and tactics for a successful day of fishing, and they give their clients as many opportunities as possible to hook, play, land/boat and release or keep fish.

The rest is up to the angler... being able to deliver the fly to the fish - in short, make the cast, manage line. Destination fishing trips cost upwards of a few grand to beaucoup bucks. The best way for an angler to enjoy such trips is to be prepared: engage a casting instructor before leaving home. Learn to confidently cast and manage line with a series of lessons. It's fun and money-wise, it's just plain smart.

Good guides can be good teachers; we benefit immensely from our fishing experience with them. Good casting instructors give anglers the benefit of experiencing guided trips with an immense sense of accomplishment and their money's worth of opportunities. Think about it....

*SANTELLA, Chris. "Finding Work Through Others' Play". The New York Times [New York] June 19, 2012, Sports, pg B15. [Accessed June 19, 2012, available online at]

© Marian Tallon, July, 2012