As the end of the school year approaches, we hope that many fly fishermen will take the time to teach a youngster how to cast. A surefire way to discourage a young aspiring fly caster, however, is to get bogged down in discussions about rod action, loading and unloading, and the importance of straight line acceleration.

This is Pete Kutzer from the Orvis fly fishing schools demonstrates a very simple method for learning the first short throw. With a simple three count approach, the novice angler can cast out a good 20 to 30 feet of line, which is plenty for catching panfish or even bass in your local pond. False throws, double pulls, and the Snap-T can all come later. For now, just teach them enough to catch the first fish.