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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-05-2006, 12:18 PM Thread Starter
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New DVD: "Spey to Z"

Topher Browne, Greg Pearson, and I are pleased to introduce a new instructional casting DVD: “Spey to Z: Understanding Traditional, Scandinavian & Skagit Style Spey Casting with a Single and Double-Handed Rod.”

Topher conceived and organized the project nearly two years ago as a unified presentation of all the major Spey casting styles. The DVD itself has been in the works for more than 18 months, and we spent nearly a year working out the script and teaching points in order to take maximum advantage of the unique capabilities of the DVD format.

From a teaching standpoint we wanted to convey that all fly casting, including Spey casting, is governed by the same fundamental principles. Differences between the three primary styles of Spey casting (Traditional, Scandinavian, and Skagit) simply reflect the adaptation of mechanics to suit specific equipment, which, in turn, reflect specific fishing applications. Because Topher, Greg, and I really enjoy fishing with single-handed rods, we placed single-handed Spey casting up front and center; our goal is to make the transition from a single-handed rod to a double-handed rod as easy as possible.

“Spey to Z” combines much of what we have learned over the years casting, fishing, teaching and demonstrating. We put our own individual spin on what we have learned from all the folks in the U.S. and from abroad that have taught us and inspired us. We hope that an understanding of these principles and how they relate to all fly casts can help anyone improve their casting by recognizing faults and implementing cures based on a solid grounding in fundamental mechanics.

The DVD was entirely filmed on the Deschutes River in November of 2005, and is sponsored by 3M/Scientific Anglers, Scott Fly Rods, Simms Fishing Products, Maui Jim, and Filson. Jeff Pill (the Art of Spey Casting, Joan Wulff’s Dynamics of Fly Casting) directed the DVD, and Dave Drum was the Director of Photography. Sean Glenn (History Channel, Discovery Channel) and Eddie Howells provided additional camera work. Tom Eichler (History Channel, Discovery Channel) provided the sound, and Steve Lovejoy (Art of Spey Casting, numerous TV shows) edited the DVD. Richard Allen from Track Design provided the DVD authoring.

Proceeds from the sale of the DVD will be donated to various charitable and conservation groups, including the BC Steelhead Society, the Atlantic Salmon Federation, Trout Unlimited, the Native Fish Society, and FFF Youth Casting Programs.

The project will officially “debut” at the Fly Tackle Retailer show in Denver later this month, but is available at $39.95 per copy via the internet at www.thebookmailer.com.

We hope you enjoy the DVD as much as we enjoyed making it!

Sincerely,

Topher Browne
Greg Pearson
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Sounds great!
Cant wait to get my copy.

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Thanks Way. I ordered a copy this evening.

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Thanks Bruce and Bob: We'd be really interested in what you think. We've got over 200 in the UK, and Knut and Trond want somewhere between 3-400 of the things, and Masa is making noises about Japan. Scott and 3M/SA will have them in their catalogues. Just had a great chat with the folks at the Native Fish Society. Things are looking good for everyone (including the fish!).

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New DVD: "Spey to Z"

Hello Way.
Long time mate.
I checked out the link for the DVD.
No luck.Can't find it on their site.
Can you offer any help.
Thanks Speyladdie.

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Hey Neil - hope you are well. For the bookmailer, just give them a holler. The DVD is literally fresh off the presses, and it won't officially "debut" for another couple of weeks...

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Hey Neil:

The Bookmailer now has them in stock, and for retailers, Angler's Book Supply...Try this link: http://www.thebookmailer.com/Tapes/a...php?avid=15462


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New DVD: "Spey to Z"

Hello Way.
I did get an order in at the Bookmailer.
I received a very nice e-mail back from them explaining they didnt have it at the time of ordering but would have it the next day and include it in my oder.Great service.
Looking forward to seeing your DVD.
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Ok

I just got a box full of these in the shop. They are fantastic.
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Way, Topher, Greg.

Congrats on a great video. Very well done. Very educational.

tom...

ps. Topher you probably don't remeber but I fished with you one September when you were guiding at Camp Bonaventure.

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Jack, Tom thanks for the kind remarks

I put together a little more on our project (work in progress!), temporarily at:

http://web.mac.com/speycaster

for anyone who is interested

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Great Instruction

Well scripted, professionally delivered, excellent casting. I particularly enjoyed the "error" demos. Well photographed. Thanks Three Amigos.
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Way, Greg, Topher . . . Hey, you guys can cast. Well done.
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Hey Bill,

Thanks for the kind words. How was camp Bonnie this year?

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Hi Greg
Things were a little slow . . . I think I only landed 4 or 5 fish this year, but I saw all the takes. I had 3 other fish slash at dries without being hooked. The only one on a wet fly was to a plastic tube sunray that was only an inch below the surface. I saw the whole rise. All the rest were on dries . . . and although "you can't take fish on the Bonnie with a skated fly", I took an 18 lb hen on a size 10 tube skated (hitched via hole under the tube).
BTW, I like the beer truck analogy. I head to NB in about 2 weeks . . . there's one stretch of water where it might come in handy.
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