Looked through Simon new book today on spey casting not bad. Talks alittle bit about the underhand style and Ed Wards skagit cast the perry poke. The color illustrations of the different spey casts not bad. Check it out.
I too, must comment. Am a little more than half way through it. For me from my "Spey 101" experience or lack of it, to be certain, this Book speaks volumes. The color pics show the rod and line so well. I am impressed with this Book. Have seen where SOME MORE of my problems are coming from and what to do to correct them. Don't I sound like a little kid with a new toy? I feel like it. Just my$0.02. Best, Stiver
Every book published in the USA - and 158 other countries -- is given one of these number. "ISBN" stands for "International Standard Book Number". It is better than a title for identifying books. Use it on the large Internet bookseller sites to buy Simon's book if you wish.
ISBN stands for international standard book number and is the standard reference # for that specific book. If you go into any major bookstore or library they can quickly search that # and, lo and behold, "Simon Gawesworth, Spey Casting" comes up and you can see then if it is in stock and available, or search for it's whereabouts. Then you can try to explain to the bespectacled bookstore geek behind the counter what spey casting is, for they will surely ask
I am a decent, but not a good caster yet to give the reader of this post an idea of my ability. I am VERY enthusiastic about Simon's new book. The real accomplished caster might not show my enthusiasm. The pictures are wonderful, the descriptions clear, and at last all the main casts are categoried and nicely described. I did find one passage confusing and Simon promptly cleared it up for me via e-mail. On page 186, second column, the next to last full paragraph, last sentence, was not clear to me. Simon's e-mail read:" Good point, I should have had you as a proof reader. The perfect position of the nail knot at the end of stage l (not "2") should land on a point that is one rod length DOWNSTREAM of you (say 14 feet), AND five to six feet out into the current. Sorry that wasn't clear...." This book will be a classic.
Got one of the early copies via Mike at RedShead and it's a WONDERFUL book on spey casting. Photo's all in colour, string of them so you can see the cast develop, and then excellent 'line drawings' on what's going on.
and I think that it is an excellent companion to the Rio International video starring Simon. I feel that the biggest benefit of the book is the common mistakes and faults that get pointed out (yes, I am guilty of some of these)
The book is clearly written and the accompaning photographs are very good.
A tip for anyone starting out. A book is not the best place to start. Live interactive learning is the best, followed by a video. Casting is way too dynamic to be captured in a static medium.
It is inherently difficult to teach dynamic activities in a book format, but like great books which have done so in the past (e.g. Nickalaus' Golf My Way, Hogan, some very good tennis books), I think Simon has done the Spey world a great service with this work. Despite the limitations inherent in the media of print, in my opinion, this represents the only modern Spey instructional book that makes any sense whatsoever. Having had the chance to see Simon set the "Gold Standard" in instruction while we were running the FFF Spey examination (for the first time), there simply isn't anyone in America who can explain Spey casting on as many levels as Simon. A true gift is to explain complicated concepts in a simple way; to do this requires absolute understanding of the subject matter. I think this book is a mandatory addition for every Speycaster's library, as is Derek Brown's video.
I looked through Simon's new book and thought it was great. Very thorough.
My one complaint is that I wish there was a dvd with it. Then you would have
this great book and be able to enjoy watching Simon cast. This is my next book
purchase! Thanks Simon.
Thank you all for your kind words, especially Way, who is always a gentleman. I am very touched to read that people like it as I read the book with mounting horror as to some of the things I have forgotten, or left out, or new stuff I have learnt since I had to hand the manuscript in at the end of 2003.
As Way says, it is pretty hard to write a book that explains the fundementals of a sport (such as spey casting). I guess I got to the stage where I had to let all the jumble in my head pour out onto paper and hope it makes sense. A lot of the credit should go to Judith Schnell at Stackpole books as she managed to sort out the mess into a readable format (and translate from English to American, in many cases!)
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