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Dry Fly Fishing in Fast Water book

max@massimomagliocco.it Foreword by Dave Southall I was fortunate enough to meet Massimo Magliocco in the summer of 2012, having been invited to a weekend’s training course in Italian Style Casting in Derbyshire, UK. I was immediately impressed with his superb casting skills and was intrigued by how different his style of casting was compared with […]

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The Wave Cast and the Spiral cast

The Wave and the Spiral, apart from being useful to lift your fly off the water without creating waves, splashes and getting your fly completely soaked, also serve as a base for other casts like the Anchored cast. Doing a wave cast is quite simple. Lift the rod and bring the rod tip high up […]

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The backhand cast

The backhand cast When fishing and you have obstacles on your casting hand e.g. on the right if you are right handed (or on the left if you are left handed) and you cannot cast you have two possibilities – you either change bank or you change cast. Let’s consider the second choice – you […]

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High Speed casts

Casting a fly onto the water at high speed and perhaps at great distance without making a noise, is the primary objective of the Italian Style of Casting

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The thrust

Among all the components that affect casting, the Thrust is perhaps the most important one. It is this component that creates Energy, direction and precision. The Thrust can be defined as: “the precise instant during which the rod transmits a sudden increase in velocity to the line in a very defined space. The line goes […]

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The rod

In this whole context, the rod plays a very important role because in order to get line speed with light lines and long leaders, you require a rod that will respond to stresses. Many years ago when I began analyzing all the details of the casting technique, there were very fast rods with an extremely […]

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The grip

The grips The way you grip the rod may seem a secondary issue but by gripping a rod in a certain way rather than another can make casting easier or create problems. There are two practical ways to grip the rod. I would exclude the index finger grip, because the index isn’t the strongest finger. […]

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The loop

When casting, most fishermen look at their lines with the corner of their eyes to see how the loop is going. It’s a sort of, let say professional deviation because a good loop with the other two parts of the line perfectly parallel is synonymous to a good cast. But how is the loop formed […]

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The left hand

  There is a saying among fly fishermen that “you cast more with your left hand that with the right one” and for me there is a lot of truth in this. The left hand plays a very important role in all casting styles and in particular in our style it plays an enormous role. […]

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The plane of casting

The fly line speed cannot ignore the space used to cast. In other words, the more space you have to carry out the entire cast and the more acceleration you can produce. This will yield a faster line speed. Casting with light lines, you have a small mass to cast and the space in which […]