If the advantages of two handed casting are so numerous, why has it taken so long to catch on?
It’s a good question — one I wondered this last Sunday, standing on a beach in Ipswich with a bunch of other dedicated double handed casters and soon to be converts. We were there for a two handed saltwater clinic, sponsored by Beulah Fly Rods, Cheeky, and Why Knot, featuring two excellent presentations by Elliot Jenkins of Greasy Beaks and Juro Mukai, both of whom took us to school.
I’ve written about the advantages of double handed casting before, including in a feature of On the Water. I’m a convert, and a devotee to the Beulah rods in salt. But why has it taken so long to catch on?
For one, it’s rare that a New Englander grows us with a double handed rod, unless they grew up salmon or steelhead fishing. Even then, many use single handed rods still.
For another, there’s not many clinics like this. That’s why I was so happy to be there, and see so many people interested.
From the energy on the beach, and at the bar afterwards, it was clear that people are keen to learn — and that converts were indeed won.
Be in touch if you have any questions about it. If I don’t know the answer, I’ll put you in touch with people who do.
Great to see so many friendly faces, and to meet some new people, Rich and Mark included.
Come back, Beulah! And teach us some more next summer.