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Casts That Catch Fish

Written by editor


DVD Review. Essential presentation casts that will help you catch more fish ….

When I received this DVD for review my first thought was to  hand it to one of my casting instructor pals and let them get on with the job of reviewing  it;  I thought I’d better watch it first though.

I’m very glad I did and as a result I decided to do the review myself.


Well, while the target audience for this DVD is not, as presenter  Carl McNeil says,  beginners,   I would add it’s probably not aimed at ‘experts’  either.

Although everyone will take something out of this DVD, the main beneficiaries will be fly fishers like myself who know what they are at, but are not ‘expert’ casters.

It made perfect sense therefore that the review was done  by a member of that target audience.

1The presentation is relaxed and excellent. It is essentially a one to one fly casting workshop with Federation of Fly Fishers Master Casting Instructor Carl McNeil. Carl demonstrates and teaches you the essential presentation / slack line casts that will help you catch more fish.



The DVD breaks down into 10 main sections

The Five Essentials of good fly casting (as defined by American caster Bill Gammel)
The Roll Cast
The Reach Mend
The Pile Cast
The Wiggle Cast
The Aerial Mend
The Bucket Mend
The Tuck Cast
The Curve Casts
Dealing With The Wind

Even if the above list looks familiar don’t go thinking  you have seen it all before. You probably haven’t. The approach here is fresh and quite different.2

Each cast (and when and why you would use it) is clearly explained, step by step,  in plain simple language with the assistance of slow motion video, captured still frames  and graphical  overlays.  I have watched a lot of casting instruction DVDs and this  approach is by far the clearest and easiest to follow I have seen so far. Carl’s use of a hi-viz orange fly line, with curiously  alternating black bands and a fluorescent leader really makes the casts and line stand out well from the background and on the water itself. A very innovative and thoughtful approach.

This is not a distance casting course designed to impress your  friends or win  fly  casting competitions, it’s about learning to execute real fishing casts that will help  put  you in control over a wide range of running water conditions. Put plain and simplly, if you get the hang of these casts you will catch more fish.

If you sometimes struggle to control or cope with the challenges presented by fly fishing on running water then buy this DVD.  It’ll be money well spent.

A great casting DVD, well done On The Fly. The best I have seen by a country mile.

The DVD costs $39.95 NZ   (currently about £20 UK) and can be ordered online directly from On The Fly Productions. The delivery service  is fast and efficient.

Casts That Catch Fish
On The Fly ltd
P.O. Box 91
Albert Town 9344
New Zealand

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