BFCC CASTING TUITION AND BADGE SCHEME
It is in this area that the BFCC excels on behalf of its Membership. At ALL BFCC Meetings FREE tuition is provided for Full Members. All The BFCC needs to know is that you are planning to attend and would like help.
Learning with The BFCC has the huge advantage of informality and a club atmosphere, which makes for relaxation and, therefore, easier learning. Added to this is the chance to chat with experts at length about ‘all things casting and tackle’ and, you may well find, it is a number of small things when put together, that will make big improvements. Brute strength certainly does not!
With regular tuition, even once or twice a year, casters become better and better whereas, without it, they go backwards. This is because the muscular movements needed for good casting are vastly different from those normally employed and must, therefore, be learned regularly to prevent a return to lazier and ineffective ways.
However, this is not to say that everyone is required to strive for maximum competition distances. It may be for physical reasons, pressures on time or, even, a lack of competitive spirit, that an individual is happy just to know they are casting well. In which case ‘the have a go for gold’ Badge Scheme may well be challenge enough, but they will be more than welcome. The joy caused by a well performed 20 or 25 yard Badge cast has to be seen to be believed! The way the scheme operates is simple, with the caster using their own, up to 10ft #7 rod and line, or a Club outfit if preferred, a sufficient period of tuition is given. The caster then has a three minute casting session to achieve their longest possible cast, which is then measured and recorded which may achieve a ‘Badge’ distance. However, if not, a little more tuition and another ‘measure’ often does. Badges start at 20 yards for under 18′s and all ladies, and 25 yards for everyone else, rising in 5 yard steps. Hopefully, this experience will inspire casters to practise between BFCC Meetings and so go on to bigger distances, or fish, or both?
For those with a more adventurous spirit and wishing to enter the various competition events, there will be tuition and tackle advice from some of the finest casters in the UK. BFCC Casting Coaches are not only very knowledgeable and approachable (except when casting please), but they are happy to act as role models with their performances in competition events. Various casting styles, achieving similar results will be on view which is a good thing, since it encourages endless discussion and continued interest in a technically complex and rewarding activity. The main thing about this is that the individual will eventually determine which style best suits them, while being taught the finer points of distance casting in the company of like-minded Club Members.
THE BFCC CASTING COACHES ARE:
Mike Heritage – Ashford, Kent – contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Marshall – Brentwood, Essex – contact: email@example.com
Jonathan Tomlinson – Reading, Berkshire – contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Surtees – London – contact: email@example.com
Tom Hill – West Country – contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 01626 866532