The Practice Counts System is simple.
1. Find a suitable location to practice allowing room for a comfortable back cast and target area. Suitable locations should include a soft, grassy surface to prevent rapid fly line deterioration.
2. Attach the target in the target area using the tees supplied and securing them firmly in the ground through the grommets in the target.
3. The included fish contains a bladder located on the belly for adding weight to maintain a stationary position even in moderate wind. You may fill the bladder with sand, shot, or even water and then seal the bladder with the attached stopper. Inflate the fish using the valve located near the tail.
4. The inflatable fish is the most important aspect of the Practice Counts System. Rather than learning to cast to a target only, this will teach you to cast to a position relative to a fish's location, and make suit-able presentations under actual fishing conditions.
5. Tie the Practice Counts fly to your leader. Four flies are included in two sizes, weighted and unweighted, allowing the caster to practice for most fishing situ-ations. NOTE: Additional flies can be tied in order to more specifically meet fly sizes and weights using the "hook" portion of Velcro. Some experimentation may be necessary.
Now you are ready to cast to the target. Upon hit-ting the target
you will notice that the fly will adhere to the point of actually
allowing you to put a bend in the rod. The fly can then be removed
with a quick "pick-up", and you are ready to make your next cast.
To create the feel of a "hook-up" and to reward the caster for hitting
the target, Practice Counts has been designed so that the fly adheres
tightly to the target. Always use caution when removing the fly as
it may be directed back toward the caster. As in actual fishing conditions,
proper, protective eyewear should be worn at all times.
Counts in its simplest form should make your casting practice sessions
more fun…only your imagination will limit the endless possibilities
offered. Below are just a few suggestions for making practice not
only fun, but also exciting.
with a fishing friend. Competition requires concentration and consistency.
a stopwatch, count the number of "hook-ups" made in a specific time
period…30, 60, 90 seconds, etc.
the number of false casts allowed to reach and hit the target.
your back to the target area, allow your com-petitor to position the
target and fish. This will require you to turn and quickly acquire
the target. Quickest target acquisition wins.
multiple games, set up two, three, or more targets in varying positions
and see who is the fastest in "hooking up" ALL targets in
the shortest amount of time.
to the target using your "back cast". Ask yourself how many
times you have had to do this in real fishing situations.