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Сертификационный экзамен
( Certification Exam )


  This section examines both the performance requirements and teaching requirements of the exam. The passing of a written test is also required for certification. 85% of the questions must be answered correctly in order to pass this portion of the test. The written test is a straight forward exam on the basics of fly fishing. The questions on the exam cover everything one should know in order to be an effective instructor. Questions on basic casting mechanics and general questions on tackle are presented in a True or False format as well as multiple choice. A good way to brush up for the written test is to browse through tackle catalogues for general information pertaining to fly lines, saltwater casting and the like. There are also numerous books like the LL Bean series that cover everything you should already know. This type of information may be of some help. However, it would be foolish to think that by reading only a book that you would be ready to take the written portion of the exam. Those that do pass the written portion of the exam are usually those that already have an accumulated knowledge base from which to draw upon based on their experience handling different kinds fly casting tackle


                                                                                   PART 1 - The Performance Test

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Cast 1 Loop Control

Cast 2 Wide Loops

Cast 3 Tailing Loops

Cast 4 Reach Cast Left

Cast 5 Reach Cast Right

Cast 6 Side Arm Cast

Cast 7 Pile Cast

Cast 8 Casting Speed

Cast 9 Roll Cast

Cast 10 Off Side Roll

Cast 11 Wide Loop Roll

Cast 12 Narrow Loop Roll

Cast 13 Accuracy Casts

Cast14 Offside Accuracy

Cast 15 Target Roll Cast

Cast 16 Double Hauling

Cast 17 Distance Cast



This is the portion of the exam where the candidate must demonstrate their ability to perform basic casting skills as would a certified instructor. As a potential instructor it is imperative that you have the ability to execute all required cast with little if any effort. If you are unsure of your ability to execute the required casts seek out a certified FFF casting instructor to help you put it all together before taking the exam. The required casts should be performed with a minimal amount attempts. Think of it this way: if you cannot meet the casting requirements prior to the exam you may need some more time practicing up on them before attempting to become a certified FFF instructor. Having the ability to execute the required casts is an indication that you have the potential to pass the exam. There are 17 casts in all to demonstrate. There are 8 additional casts that require you to demonstrate and explain what is going on "behind the scenes" for a total of 25 required casts. So be prepared! What follows is a brief analysis of each of the casting requirements and a link to a video clip that will demonstrate the cast and how it should look when you perform it.

                                                        PART 2 - Teaching and the Demonstration Casts.

Cast 18 Loop Sizes

Cast 19 Tailing Loops

Cast 20 Rod Loading

Cast 21 Line Lengths

Cast 22 Timing

Cast 23 Head Wind Cast

Cast 24 Cross Wind Cast


  This is the portion of the exam that focuses of the candidate's ability to effectively communicate to the examiner how the cast works. It covers all the basics necessary to be a certified FFF casting instructor at the entry level. Essentially the examiner becomes the student and it is your job to explain in a CLEAR and CONCISE manner the questions that are presented to you. In order to do this you should have a "script" or a lessen plan already well thought out in advance that answers the next group of questions. Fumbling for the answers is an indication that you may not completely understand what is being asked. The questions asked are fundamental to fly casting basics and your responses are predicated on your ability to relate this information to the examiner and more importantly your future students in a straight forward and logical manner. It is the charge of the examiner that the highest standards of instruction be maintained to preserve the integrity of the casting certification program.