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Fly casting is one of the finest arts it is some thing you can start to learn but will always pose new questions. It is an unbroken learning process and your experience will become deeper and deeper.

To cast a fly with grace and dexterity is one of the most challenging aspects of fly fishing. Fly casting is one of the most delicate arts, it is something you can start to learn but you will never master completely. Fly casting is a school for life and you will never graduate. It is a continuous learning process and your experience will become deeper and deeper – higher and higher.

The combination of the mastery of technique with the mystery of timing. Together they breed physical genius, and transforms what is a mere game into an art form. Better Fly-casting not only dramatically improves your success on the water; it unifies the art and science of fly-fishing.

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A perfect loop leads to greater casting accuracy, better fly presentation, efficient line control, and greater casting distance. When you are in perfect control of your fly casting, then you will have the freedom and possibility to concentrate completly on the water. You will become one with nature and your success will increase dramatically.

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With a little practice fly-casting will become second nature and will enable you to fish where you want, how you want, in an effortlessly graceful manner.

On the 28 of April 1879 two fly fisher men meet in a fishing shop in Winchester, England for the first time. Later their collaboration was to have an immense influence on fly fishing history. F.M. Halford and his mentor G.S. Marryat set out in a scientific way to investigate the whole world of fly fishing. Halfords ground breaking studies of feeding fish and the natural history of aquatic flies was revolutionary.

F.M. Halford G.S. Marrayt

Halford drew immensely from Marryat’s great fly fishing knowledge: Halford wanted Marrayt to be a joint author of the classic books he was to write but Marryat was a simple man and shunned the limelight. Here is a passage from the book The Way of a Trout with a Fly by G.E.M. Skues from 1921.

It is the quality of hands which enables a man with the shabbiest and most hopeless equipment to make a show of a man whose hopes are built merely on perfection of rods and gear. Wise indeed was George Selwyn Marrayt when he said “it’s not the fly; it’s the driver’.

Since then fly fishing has evolved immensely , countless books have been written on every conceivable aspect of fly fishing, graphite has replaced bamboo and plastic lines have replaced woven silk. Sadly along the way Marryat’s wise words have been forgotten in a world full of instant gratification, and as a consequence the modern fly fisherman puts more emphasis on his equipment and what he looks like, rather than practicing and perfecting his casting. As a result only a handful of books dealing with the subject of fly-casting have been written.

GSM Fly fishing“It’s not the fly; it’s the driver’.

As a fly casting instructor I have spent years analyzing and studying movements of the body. I find fly-casting a beautifully aesthetic movement. It is poetry in motion to see excellent fly caster fishing with a fly.

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With a flawless casting style, a well balanced rod, line and leader matched with a perfect imitation and a knowledge of the feeding habits of fish and the ability to read the water. With these skills you will evolve into the 10% of all fly fisher men who catch 90 % of all the fish.

Joan Wulff probably said it better than anyone, "if you don't know where the fish lie but can cast well enough to cover all of the water with finesse, you are likely to solve the mystery and catch fish. If you know where they lie but can neither reach them nor present the fly naturally, you are not even in the game."