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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-06-2006, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
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Have just finished watching Kreiger's "Essence of Spey Casting," and wondering why he bothered? Not real impressed, but it was a good review of the basics...

I have seen Vincent's "Introduction to Double-Handed Rods," and "International Spey Casting." Thought they were both excellent. Also really enjoyed John and Amy Hazel's "Introduction to Spey Casting," although I did get a bit of a headache after that one.

Any suggestions? Just trying to learn the Single and Double Spey right now....not sure how much of a strategy that is, but it is fun and I even pretend like I am fishing while I practice the casts in the river.
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Modern Speycasting and Sage's The Art of Speycasting are must haves. Spey fishing Steelhead with John Hazel is also good for the fishing end.

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The 'new' one by Simon G is THE film (and his book) to have. Even the out-takes are well done.

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Rio's new Two Handed Rod DVD Set, Modern Spey Casting

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Modern Speycasting and Sage's The Art of Speycasting are must haves. Spey fishing Steelhead with John Hazel is also good for the fishing end.
Rio's Modern Speycasting 3 DVD set and Simon's book as noted by Fred is an incredible resource. My trophy bride for Father's Day will be giving me a portable DVD player to take out on the river's edges for review. Basically every two handed cast is covered by this great DVD. Besides doing many of the casts, Simon narates many of the casting sections with how to do them and not to do them.

Go to the Rio homepage and in the middle of the page, click on the Modern Spey Casting Trailer. In a few minutes most of us can learn a lot just from this trailer.

John Hazel's Spey Fishing For Steelhead is a superb how to fish DVD, and it will be used with the portable DVD streamside. John's ability to breakdown actual river situations from what the heck do I do to simple fish catching solutions may be the best.

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I still think Spey Masterclass by Derek Brown is a hard video to beat to give you what you need to get going - more aimed at long to mid belly lines but he gives you a great basis including hand and arm movements and spends a great deal of tiem on those two casts - single and double.
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-07-2006, 08:01 PM
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Dec Hogan's "Modern Spey Casting:

I own all of the aforementioned DVDs and to the list I'll add Dec Hogan's "Modern Spey Casting". It's more of a meditation than instruction. It focuses on Windcutter lenght lines and Dec's version of Skagit casting (leaning more toward touch and go than a Perry Poked sustained anchor). Its my favorite. Beautiful setting on the Dean River. Repeats the casts over and over allowing the viewer to establish a visual groove. Complements the style and details of the Hazel videos.
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To get the basics Rio's new DVD, Modern Spey Casting, is unmatched. When you are ready to take the next step I think that The Art of Spey Casting is the best all around video (after you have the basics). Both videos are great because the show/use a variety of styles.
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I got both dvd's Rio's Modern & the Art of Speycasting from the book mailer. I was very happy with their service.

I have been watching these dvd's for the past couple of weeks I don't watch much else at the moment.

Superb viewing. I could immediately identify some of my mistakes, & see some additions I can add to my casting to improve & get rid of those "bloody L's". It was also good to see some of the things I am doing right.

Itchin to get out on the river & get casting.
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Just curious ... has anybody seen either of Andy Murrays DVD`s ??

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I have both "International Spey Casting" and "Rio's Modern Spey Casting" and both are very good. I have watched them both more than once.

"Rio's Modern Spey Casting" is a more polished video and has an additional segment I liked ... Simon shows you what a bad cast looks like (although I have see plenty of my own) and why the cast went bad, something to help you fix what you are doing wrong.

Although the videos are very good ... there is no substitute for standing in the river and getting instruction ... from a certified instructor and going to Spey Claves.

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