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Fly-Casting Finesse

Fly-Casting Finesse

Paul Arden | Monday, 12 October 2015

I'm currently in Thailand and so have written this page in advance. We have a lot of exciting developments in store for you: a Sexyloops Pro Instructor Scheme, a page on Sexyloops for every video clip in the App, more action on the Sexyloops Facebook page - which for a while I'm going to run as a Sexyloops Blog, similar to Ronan's NZ blog but with much more activity (and bigger fish) and a Facebook assisted login to the Board. I think Sexyloops is about ready for another explosion. I have a review of John Field's which I'll post here and again in the Sexyloops Reviews section. This week I'm off to Thailand with Ashly for a few days of Imaginary Saltwater Flyfishing. It's been a good week here on Temenggor, despite the Indonesian smog which has descended. I'm considering November-mid December fishing in NZ. It might be a good way of escaping the Wet Season and I have a hell of a lot of friends there I haven't seen in a very long time!



John Field's Book, Fly-Casting Finesse

For Sexyloopers:

I don't normally review books, in fact I don't normally read them! John's book is the only fly fishing related one I've read since Peter's Hayes' Fly Fishing out the Box - and I still haven't finished that yet. But I only started that one two years ago. John's book on the other hand, I read from start to finish in less than two days. I discovered a couple of fascinating things I didn't know. A tip about Steve Rajeff lowering the hover gradually into the target when competing in accuracy. I didn't know this. And a tip about picking the back of the ring when target casting from an elevated height. I think there was a couple of things I disagreed with - but not much.

What we're actually talking about is a fly casting book that targets people who can already cast but wish to go through to the next level. So when I read the book I bore this in mind all the way through. While it sounds like quite a specific audience it should in fact be a very large one, millions! I think it does this rather well. I appear in it quite a bit too, so that's something exciting to look forward to when you read it. Some of the things I say are wrong, but that shouldn't surprise you.

While the book suggests things to try or think about with regards the principles behind casting, body movement, actual casts and so on, there is also just the right amount of interesting story telling to keep you moving along - reading right to the end as it happens. This is very unusual, particularly for a casting book where no-one ever normally gets past the third page.

So yes it's a very good read; John is a superb writer and extremely knowledgeable on this subject. The level is pitched rather well too I think. So if you are interested in fly casting - which you jolly well should be around here! - then I thoroughly recommend that your read this book. Whether you're ready to start the long and interesting journey to becoming an expert caster, or if you're already there, it should definitely be on your list of books to read. It's literally stuffed full with tit-bits of useful information!

For Facebook readers:

I don't normally review books. John's book is the only fly fishing related one I've read since Peter's Hayes' Fly Fishing out the Box - and I still haven't quite finished that one yet, but that's because I left the country and it was too heavy for my baggage allowance. John's book on the other hand I finished rather quickly. I found a many things in here I didn't know. And you will find many more, I'm sure. In fact if you don't read Sexyloops the entire book will be full of startling revelations that will ensure that you will immediately have to stop reading, pick up a rod and go out for a cast in the suburbs. This is its purpose; to open the door to you as a flyfisherman who bumble your way through flycasting, to becoming top-notch unerring performance caster.

We're actually talking about a great and new fly casting book, one that targets people who can already cast (you) and wish to break through to the next level. So when I read this book I bore this in mind all the way through - because I'm looking out for you guys too. While it sounds like quite a specific audience it's only contained to the number of people who already fly fish, so that means everyone who has their life priorities right.

I think it does what it sets out to do rather well. I appear in it quite a bit. Some of the things I say are on the fore-front of our understanding, but that shouldn't surprise you. While this book suggests things to try or think about with regards the principles behind casting, body movement, actual casts and so on, there is an enormous amount of both fascinating and pertinent story telling to keep you enthralled right to the end. This is very unusual, particularly for a casting book where normally you die before reaching the fourth page.

So yes it is in fact a very good read; John is a superb writer and extremely knowledgeable on the subject matter - through being a Master Certified Casting Instructor, extremely well-connected with his past Presidency of the American Casting Association and also having a keen mind - he has an excellent way of teaching rather complex issues in a way that everyone can understand. So if you're interested in becoming a better flycaster - which you jolly well should be! - then I thoroughly recommend that your read this book. Whether you're ready to start the long and interesting journey to becoming an expert caster, or even if you're there already, it should definitely be a top priority of yours. Buy this book, download the Sexyloops App and join the Sexyloops Board, maybe grab a lesson or two, enjoy casting and reap a world of fly fishing benefits!

Cheers,
Paul

Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. NY. NY
ISBN-13:978-163220-488-2

Buy Fly-Casting Finesse at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Or contact John if you'd like a signed copy. You can find John's email at the very bottom of this page on his website http://www.fieldflyfishing.com/book/book.html It's John at fieldflyfishing.com 

PS I'll review Peter Hayes' book next!