June 27, 2012
Would You Pay for Online Fly Casting Lessons?
By Tim Romano
Just when you thought you'd seen and heard it all…
Apparently you can now take fly casting lessons via your computer through a site called Flystiles.com.
So how does it work? You create a brief video of yourself making your best fly cast — the video "needs to show your whole range of motion, plus the fall of your line." Then you upload the video to YouTube and email the link to FFF certified casting instructor Andrew Stiles.
He will then watch it and determine whether he can help you based on what he sees. If you make the cut, you make a one-time payment of $35 through Paypal. Once the payment is received, Stiles will email you information for a personal video conference on Skype, where he will personally instruct you on the best ways to improve your cast. Video calls on Skype are free and easy. All you need is a computer, a webcam and a connection to the internet.
I don't know if it's all the third person references or the fact that you could walk down to your local fly shop and get instructions, but this strikes me as somewhat ridiculous. Fly casting instruction through Youtube and Skype? Seems a little fishy to me.
What do you all say? Would you do this for $35 if you needed some help? And would you pay before you got your instruction?