You must be a member of Fly Fishers International (FFI).
Check the certification calendar to find out about the next certification opportunity in your area Go To Casting Calendar.
All Candidates - You may sign up online by clicking the event name on the Casting Calendar, reading the disclosures and placing an order in the FFI store.
ROD: Any fly rod that is 9 ft. long or shorter, that is designed for a 7 weight line or lighter. We go by what the rod manufacturer prints on the blank.
LINE: Any 7 weight floating line may be used. Any taper may be used, but all tasks must be done with the same line. Using a taper to make the distance cast turns into a problem when some of the other tasks are cast. Most candidates use a typical 7 weight WF line.
COLOR OF LINE: You can use any color, but examiners prefer bright colored lines. If they can not see your line you may have to repeat tasks until he/she has seen it well enough to make a proper judgment.
The candidate must demonstrate the high standard of performance expected of a Certified Casting Instructor, which would create confidence in students and other instructors. The candidate must attempt all tasks. In order to pass a candidate must pass all of the explain and demonstrate tasks (18-24) and fail no more than two of the first 17 tasks.
Candidates should accomplish most tasks quickly and easily on the first attempt, accompanied by good demonstrations and, when requested, clear, concise explanations. Demonstrations must match explanations. Candidates may be requested to explain and demonstrate how they would teach any of the casts included in this performance test. Examiners have the right to ask candidates to expand or give greater detail on any task in order to confirm knowledge or skills.
Loops are expected to have reasonably parallel legs and be approximately 3 to 4 feet in width unless otherwise requested within a task. Tailing loops are not acceptable at any time except when requested within a task.
It is recommended that the roll casting tasks take place on water. Candidates are expected to perform all roll casts with a technique suitable for casting on water, regardless of the actual testing surface. When testing is not on water, examiners will make allowances for such things as a leader not straightening or not reaching the required distance. If water is unavailable a tool may be used to simulate water tension.
All tasks must be performed with the same rod and line. In the event of equipment failure, replacement equipment must meet the test requirements. When there is a wind, the casting direction will be at the discretion of the candidate. Lengths of line to be cast when specified are measured from the caster to the fly. Marking the fly line to indicate specific distances required in the accuracy tasks is prohibited. Hitting a target while executing a task is required only when specifically requested in the task.
Students wishing to become a Certified Casting Instructor can use the following resources to prepare for the test:
Please direct your questions to the our Casting Coordinator.