Hey guys,Lasse Karlsson wrote:Completly agreeMorsie wrote:I want people to learn all styles because they all have their applications, they are all just different ways of putting together the same principles and i want them to understand that.
In my style demo's I emphasise that the majority of styles out there are born form a specific kind of fishing in a specific enviroment and that there are benefits from learning to throw in different styles that crosses over into other kinds of fishing.
that's an interesting point. No doubt I agree with both of you here.
A while after I started teaching I joined an organisation of certified instructors for the first time. I soon was told that changing a student's style would not be a good idea at all because all styles are there for a good reason and I should always concentrate on teaching substance not style. Joining the second organisation of certified instructors I was told the same thing again.
Years later I looked back to all courses I have been a student in myself and compared with my own experience teaching others.
Personally I prefer the idea to teach my 6 essentials as substance (available in all styles).
But I also have joined very successful teachers teaching their own specific style to all their students (not allowing any different styles). I especially think that teaching a specific style to those fishing only a few days per year can be helpful to make the student concentrate on less different things.
Back to my own lessons I like to slightly change the student's style quite often. I want my students to learn to watch their back cast. Therefore I want them to use the open stance for the lesson cause it makes it comfortable to just turn the head back. Since I want them to focus at just one key element per time, I teach the open stance first and then move on to the next point to focus on.
Yes, in the end I want them to be able to adjust all 6 essentials to their target independent of the stance they may have to choose based on the fishing situation they will be in. So I also make sure they understand the difference in learning fly casting at the green and being in a fishing situation in between huge rocks for example.
As Morsie I like to offer a short overview about styles in the beginning. In the end I want the students to be open minded to learn different styles but being aware of the SAME key elements (6 essentials) in all styles.
To get the students through all key elements I prefer to teach them a specific style and not let them choose grip, stance and all possible ways of body movement on their own. So this means even though I teach them to focus on substance not style I use mainly one style during the lesson. I make changes if one does not feel comfortable with that style. It happened if people had injuries for example. In case we figure out which movements are possible and work best for the student...
Anyway teaching mainly one style during most of the lesson when learning the 6 essentials has worked best for me. That way it always seemed easier to make the student concentrate on one element per time.