Any fly fisherman that has children or a wife for that matter will feel a sense of understanding at my next statement. Teaching your family to cast a fly rod is infinitely difficult to do. Especially when the only practice they get is on the water, with you at the oars. With the limited free time that we have today, it is hard to get your family out on the water for "practice" several times a week. If any of you have that kind of time, please enlighten me and the myriad of us other loving husbands, we want to know. Instead we have one day a month or less to get our family on the water and fishing effectively, or they lose interest and miss out on one of life's great activities, family time. Cue the Orvis Practicaster.
The Orvis Practicaster is a great bridge between the water and our house. Now I can teach my children and wife the art of casting a single handed rod, in the comfort of our own home. There are no tangled flies, hooked ears, and most importantly disheartened children. My boys took to the Practicaster without prompting. They were so excited to get to "do what dad does" that they didn't even notice they were learning. As a matter of fact I had to institute a 5 minute policy. Each one of the boys got to "play" with the rod for 5 minutes and then hand it over to the next. Each one of my kids, took turns learning the fundamentals of casting and before we knew it, it was dinner time. After about three turns with the Practicaster, my five year old was forming some pretty tight loops. He was attempting to catch his brothers around the house. Now that is some fun sight fishing.
The rod is a two-pieces and 47 inches long. It has a cork handle and eyes for shooting line (advanced class). The line is a high visibility nylon string, much line a shoelace. There is a smaller nylon leader with a puff of bright green nylon at the end to simulate a fly. The rod looks feels and casts just like a regular fly rod, so I can even use it to work on my form at home.