Learn to Cast
Federation of Fly Fishers "Five Essentials of Fly Casting"
Become comfortable using multiple casts interchangeably
Concentrate on learning different types of practical casts
& Lay-down Cast
Cast Pick Up
Learn to false cast and vary casting speed on-demand
Learn to throw "Open Loops" and "Tight Loops"
1/3 Leader Set-up and Fly Selection
Choose the right type and length of leader
Concentrate on the terminal tackle end of the leader
Learn basic knots (Perfection loop; Blood Knot; Double
Improved Clinch). Add specialized knots as needed.
Get the set-up right to fish the desired water column
Learn available food types and what the targeted fish may eat
If sub-surface, choose the way to "weight the set-up"
Decide whether to use a strike indicator or fish without one
One fly, or multiple flies? Choose what you are going to present
Choose the appropriate rod type and rod length to use
Choose the fly line type and weight (single-handed, switch,
Forward Floating, Special Tapers, or Spey
or Intermediate Sink Tip
lines, rate of sink & shooting heads
Warmwater, or Tropical Saltwater line
Read the water (by water type or flow)
Target the desired water depth of your fly (or flies)
Determine the fly presentation angle and control slack in the line
Cast accurately to the desired distance & control "splash
Mend your presentation appropriately (reach mends;
stack mends; or
small wrist mends)
Add appropriate "behavior" to your fly (or... dead drift)
-- and don't
forget to set the hook!
in 2010, seeking a more uniform method of teaching
rather than just fly casting like so many other fly fishing schools (with
a few extras thrown into the curriculum), Ken Louko introduced this instructional
uniform framework of learning to fly fish.
This framework, combined with the Federation of Fly Fishers "Five
Essentials of Fly Casting" form the core building blocks to building
a personal fly fishing skill set from "beginner to expert level".
encourages videographers to create sharable online
videos of all aspects of this framework most of which is today buried
in the thousands of written materials available from numerous authors
-- including the discoveries and teachings of the fly fishing "greats"
of all time.
He also encourages other fly fishing instructors
to adopt this framework as a standard from which to teach the many varied
aspects of this wonderful sport. Much lies within and between the lines of
the "Balance your Skill Set" framework.
Fly Fishing is, indeed, a lifetime sport!