Master the Cast : Fly Casting in Seven Lessons

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Written by a lifelong fly fisherman and one of the art of casting's most sought-after trainers, Master the Cast offers a complete program that is guaranteed to have readers casting a fly with precision and grace after only a few hours' practice. With the help of detailed illustrations and photographs capturing all the key elements of the cast, George V. Roberts Jr. breaks the complicated mechanics into a few simple components, and then shows how to master these in seven easy lessons, each of which adds another skill to the reader's repertoire: the roll cast, the pick-up-and-lay-down, the false cast, and more.

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Fly casting is central to the fly-fisher's art. With good casting technique you can place the fly where you want it, effortlessly and with precision and grace, even when wind or obstructions conspire against you. Without good technique, all your efforts will be frustrated. If you can't cast, you can't truly enjoy fly-fishing.

In Master the Cast, George V. Roberts Jr., a lifelong fly-fisher and sought-after instructor, walks you through a course that will have you casting and catching fish with a fly rod after only a few hours' practice. With the help of more than 140 photos and illustrations, Roberts details the fundamentals that will help you become an efficient, accurate, and consistent fly caster, and lays the foundation on which you will build all advanced fly-casting techniques.

Master the Cast first provides a comprehensive picture of fly-casting mechanics--both fly-rod mechanics (how the rod and line operate to deliver the fly) and rod-arm mechanics (how the hand, wrist, forearm, and upper arm function to make the rod work). Then, over the course of seven concise lessons, you learn how to build a solid fly-casting repertoire. Each lesson focuses on specific problems novices commonly encounter and offers proven solutions to them.

Lesson 1 teaches the roll cast, which builds your intuitive sense of rod-arm mechanics. Lesson 2 details the pick-up-and-lay-down cast, which forms the foundation of all straight-line casting. Each subsequent lesson builds upon skills acquired in the preceding ones, so that you rapidly develop the complete fly-casting skill set, from false-casting and line-hand functions and shooting line, to casting in all planes and rod drift and follow-through, to off-vertical casting from an open stance. A section on hauling is also included.

Master the Cast is an indispensable resource for all beginning fly-fishers, freshwater and saltwater alike, as well as for experienced fly-fishers who want to hone their skills.

"Most fly-fishers cast mechanically without understanding the mechanics of the cast. But understanding precisely what is going on and why is what makes a good caster into an excellent caster. George Roberts understands casting mechanics inside and out, and his Master the Cast will help you do just that."--James R. Babb, editor, Gray's Sporting Journal

Hone your fly-casting skills in just a few hours!

Written by a lifelong fly-fisher, Master the Cast will have you fly casting with confidence, precision, and consistency after only a few hours' practice.

With the help of hundreds of detailed illustrations and photographs that capture all the key elements of the cast, George Roberts breaks the complicated mechanics into a few simple components. He then shows you how to master these in seven concise lessons, each of which adds another skill to your repertoire. You'll quickly master the roll cast, the pick-up-and-lay-down cast, the false cast, and much more.

Praise for George Roberts' A Fly-Fisher's Guide to Saltwater Naturals and Their Imitation

"A book in a class by itself."--Fly Fishing Saltwater

"Thanks to George Roberts, the world of saltwater fly-fishing now has a bible."--Hal Janssen

"It is difficult to overestimate the importance of this book."--The Fly-Tyer's Catalog

"Absolutely essential."--California Fly Fisher

"This is a book to be read and savored."--Islands

"Fascinating . . . a very useful guide."--Salt Water Sportsman

About the Author:

George V. Roberts Jr. has been fly-fishing since age seven and now teaches fly casting throughout the country. He is a frequent contributor to Saltwater Fly Fishing, Fly Tyer, and On the Water, among other magazines, and he is the author of A Fly-Fisher's Guide to Saltwater Naturals and Their Imitation, which won the United Fly Tyers' Book of the Year Award for 1994.

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