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Spey to Z DVD - featuring Dr. Way Yin, Topher Brown & Greg Pearson

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Review by Simon Young

This very recent DVD from the US brings a fresh easy to follow look at Spey casting, both with single handed and double handed rods.

It progresses from simple overhead casting through double haul single handed rod onto full single and double spey casts with a double hander. Each step is fully explained in great detail and is filmed in real time and slow motion from several angles leaving the viewer with no doubt about what the line should be doing. The explanations of loop control and timing highlight how the many types speycast have common aspects.

With Dr Way Yins understanding of the mechanics of the human body we are shown how subtle body movements can greatly increase our casting/fishing efficiency.

All this is followed by a comprehensive look at Scandinavian style Spey casting with shooting head systems, again featuring detailed analysis of anchor/loop control by Topher Browne with well filmed troubleshooting tips that point out the mistakes we are likely to make.

The third section is about Pacific Northwest or Skagit Spey casting by Greg Pearson.
This style of casting may not be familiar to UK and European anglers, but all of the casts -  single, double, circle spey, snap T and Perry Poke are all explained and filmed in great detail, again with trouble shooting tips.

There are very good explanations of line/head lengths and how they influence the cast.
With safety tips for windy conditions and practice tips on feel and timing.

Overall this DVD is very well produced, the film and sound quality is first class, something sadly lacking in instruction DVDs in the past. With each repeat viewing the beginner or expert will learn to progress their casting ability.

Simon Young

Spey to Z DVD - featuring Dr. Way Yin, Topher Brown & Greg Pearson - duration 1 hour 35 minutes.

Available from Wellard & Scott - www.wellardandscott.co.uk

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