Spey casting instructional vids

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  1. Jpfish

    Jpfish Active Member

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    Trying to learn how to cast my first 2 handed rod. 11'6 4wt. I will mainly be using the commando head to swing streamers. I don't have the time to go off and take lessons right now so attempting to learn myself. Would appreciate if anyone could point me in the right direction for a few good instructional videos. Specifically skagit casting. I've been looking then up myself but have no idea if they are offering good advice or not.
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    Rio's Modern Spey Casting, John Hazel's Spey Casting
     
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    Thank you. I'll check them out today
     
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    You can borrow my Skagit Master 1 with Ed Ward
     
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    Jeff Putnam also has some well done spey casting vids. One of my favorites along with Ed Ward.
     
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    Anyone have both Skagit Master 1 and 2 who could comment on them? I have SM 2 and I think it has some OK casting instruction, but mostly focuses on presentation, which I thought was great. Is SM 1 purely casting instruction? Worth buying if I already have SM 2?
     
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    Merle Not New, Just rarely post...

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    As I recall, SM 1 is almost all casting instruction with minimal fishing near the end. Great video for learning from square one.
     
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    A lot more casting fundamentals in SM1, with some "fun stuff" mixed in. So if you're looking to learn, or brush up on technique, SM1 is the one I would choose.

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    Go to OPST's site and look at the videos they have. Its mostly Ed Ward casting the Commando heads he helped design.
    Sort of like going to 'the horses mouth'!
     
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    I recommend Rio's Modern Spey Casting for any beginning caster. Simon is one of the best instructors in the country, plus it has George Cook, Ed, Dana etc...

    It won't be long before you'll want to add touch-no-go casts to your repertoire (e.g. singles speys, snake rolls)

    Also super helpful to troubleshoot casting problems on the river. Double Dip, Bloody L. 180 degree rule. The DVD has been invaluable to me.
     
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    Skagit Master 1 - fine, I guess, if you want to learn Skagit casting. I think for a more well-rounded and excellent video, you can't go wrong with Spey to Z (which includes segments on traditional, Scandi and Skagit casting by Way Yin, Topher Browne and Greg Pearson).
     
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    +1 for Spay to Z. I often go back to it for review. Very simplistic explanations. Although Simon always cracks me up to watch. He can be very funny.
     
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    Rio's Modern Speycasting and Spey to Z. I have the Hazel too--I'd put it after the first two. Between the production quality and the personalities, I don't think it's as good as the other two.

    The Skagit Master is fun, though I'm not sure from a purely instructional point that they're as good as some others. You can also get a subscription from their website to view them streaming. It's nice to own and review whenever you want, but the streaming option does let you see them all w/o having to buy them all.
     
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    SM 1, i.e., Skagit Master featuring Ed Ward has impeccable creds, since Ed was one of the co-inventors of skagit casting. He's a thoughtful and thorough instructor. Even if his primary visual aid is cut from a pizza box lid, it's enough. Its one weakness (based on my perception, which may not be shared) is that most of the instruction is filmed on a large lawn. Unless you pay attention, it may be hard to keep track of which directions are "upstream" and "downstream," where is the "near bank" and the "far bank." Ed teaches how to cast skagit heads with most of the popular spey casts, which orients us in reality.