That is a method of teaching. Well, more a communication
devise if you get right down to it. Pretty much deals with
the situation of when someone does not know, or have any
real reference to 'B,' so you try to explain how it is like,
or unlike, 'A.' Maybe like when you are talking to some
computer guy about your sick lap-top. He starts babbling
along using various techy-talk words and terms, your head
starts nodding and very soon you realize you have no clue
at all what the *&^% he is talking about. At first you
thought you understood, but as he went along you got lost.
He was building and as he got more into it he assumed you
could follow. As soon as he threw in a new term you were
As an example, look at the double haul cast. Three parts.
First you pull on the line (with your line hand as the rod
starts going into the back-cast). Next is the cast (to the
rear with the rod hand). Third is to feed some line into
the back-cast (after the stop). Okay, you might say you have 'A,'
'B,' 'C.' If you agree with that, great. We are moving along here.
Tough enough to learn. You start with 'A,' add 'B' to it and
when you get to 'C' you forget the darn 'A.' Can drive you
nuts and the teacher too. We see it a lot when teaching casting.
But, something I am noticing more and more, especially when
helping large groups, is folks coming up later on to me with
a revelation about something they just figured out.
What that tells me is that I did not get through to them.
That I didn't cover all the basis in the instruction. Now,
that's not all that hard to do when teaching 'one on one
stuff,' but in a group you don't always to get to see the
direct results. What I want you to do is to pay real hard
attention when you have a chance to learn anything about
fly casting and make sure you fully understand that the
fellow is talking about.
As soon as you are not sure what something means, you are
about to lose it. And you won't be able to understand
anything that follows. Even if your head does bob up and
down. ~ James Castwell