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Gawesworth's One-Handed Spey Casting

Has anyone yet read through Simon Gawesworth's new One-Handed Spey Casting book?

He demos technique briefly in Rio's Modern Spey Casting, but I'd want to hear about the book before buying it.
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Giving this a bump. Anyone who's read this?!
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I purchased a copy and will get to it soon. The photos are terrific; his D-loops are spectacular!

If Simon G wrote it, it is gold.

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I think it's a good book. It's a great way to fish and it's nice to see some more work done in this area. Great chapter on D loop shape that's a great read.

My only complaint is the font is a bit small for my tired eyes.

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I'm also interested in this book. haven't heard much about it though. I really enjoyed the single-handed spey technique in RIO's modern spey casting.

In the book, has Simon discussed choosing a line for the single hander?

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He goes over lines and rods. Much like his other book he's thorough in that regard, though the chapters are brief.

Honestly, the way I look at it is there are not that many Speycasting books and the audience is small. If I can support someone who took the time to put pen to paper with my thirty bucks I'll do it.

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Thanks, all. Time to order one!
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I've read it twice now

and I am really impressed by how this book can take your understanding of spey casting to a new level. For the first time I can understand through the excellent photographs exactly how a forward spey cast looks when it is ideal (p. 93) versus how it looks when it is destined to tail (p. 46). The chapter on basics is concise and in it he provides background that is necessary to understand the chapter on the Shepherd's hook cast. The teaching concepts have evolved a great deal since the first book. For example, the explanation of the single spey is much more detailed that any explanation I have previously found and he outlines the ideal method of teaching the single spey through three stages of skill. In the double spey chapter, I understood for the first time how a forward cast that is timed too early leads to blowing your anchor. Overall the book goes beyond its title and deals with overhead (to and fro) casting and Simon has some great insights. The method for casting the Shepherd's hook cast is fundamentally different from the curve casts that rely on a "sideways tuck cast" and I am looking forward to learning this cast. Sprinkled throughout the book are examples of how to use these casts in challenging fishing situations, such as using the reach cast to approach bankfeeders feeding tight in to the river bank. I really enjoyed the chapters of using a side cut for the forward casts and it was helpful to learn the "horizontal key position' as the methods for carrying out the forward cast. Simon goes into new depth in explaining the V loop and the diagram on p. 211 is masterful. This is the kind of casting book that really encourages you to put the book down after reading each chapter and then go out and practice it before reading further. Perhaps best of all, this book communicates Simon's great enthusiasm for all aspects of casting.
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This tread got me so pumped up I just ordered a copy for myself. After reading some of the book on line he's got me thinking about switching over from WF lines to some DT on my single hand rods.
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I'll have to put it on my list for Father's Day!

As for the font and tire eyes ... I took the leap and got reading glasses.

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I agree with Subtrop, it helped me understand the two handed casting problems and solutions very nicely. Simon has a gift for teaching casting and the book is well written.

I was fortunate to have attended a three day class with Jim Vincent and Simon in 1999. The fever is continuing for more knowledge on casting the long rods.

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