Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: .... swinging water...
I guess I should followup since I started this thread now that I have all four Skagit Master DVDs. The summary's given are fairly accurate but i think leave out some important features of each.
SM1 - Yes, it teaches all sorts of casts, technique and things to think about when practicing. It also takes a look at Ward's intruder, techniques for "making" your own lines (or repairing), dry line theory with skagit, and thoughts on cool stuff that is emerging in the world of spey (noted are switch rods).
SM2 - Definitely talks about fishing structures. this also covers dry line work popping skaters in the summer/fall, then moving to focus on some winter work on the NU. I think the point of the rest of the DVD is to show you techniques you may not immediately consider and places you might pass up on a given day to show that there are indeed fish there.
SM3 - A collection of a bunch of pros/guides/tiers that show you how to tie some of their popular patterns. I think the neat thing about this one is the water visibility study of different flies in different types of water (clear, cloudy, time of day) and it really gives you some perspective without needing to dunk your head in a 50* river to see what the flies really look like.
SM4 - At first I agreed that this was about a few guys just going fishing. After watching several times I could see the focus on fishing skagit (and some Rage head work) in low water conditions as well as complex currents and varying water temps. Something big that I never thought I would need, but ended up using was how to swing flies from a boat. Lastly this also talks about fishing various fly patterns from drab to almost pure flash in really tight and small rivers. You will need to watch this one a few times to really extract the good stuff, but it's there for sure.
That's my summary of the four and have to say I like them all.