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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional (1 Mar 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071449000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071449007
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 1 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 359,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hone your fly-casting skills in just a few hours!

The better you can cast, the more you'll enjoy fly-fishing. 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. In Master the Cast, George V. Roberts Jr., a lifelong fly-fisher and sought-after instructor, walks you through a course that breaks the complicated mechanics into a few simple components. Then, with the help of hundreds of photos and illustrations, he shows you how to master these in seven concise lessons, including:

  • The Roll Cast, which builds your rod-arm mechanics (how the hand, wrist, forearm, and upper arm function to make the rod work)
  • The Pick-Up-and-Lay-Down Cast, which forms the foundation of all straight-line casting
  • False Casting, which allows you to keep the fly airborne for several strokes before delivering it
  • plus Shooting Line, Casting in All Planes, Drift and Follow-Through, Off-Vertical Casting, and an advanced lesson on Hauling

Master the Cast is an indispensable resource for all fly-fishers, beginner to advanced, that will have you casting flies with confidence, precision, and consistency after only a few hours' practice.

"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 one. 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

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

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

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.

About the Author

George V. Roberts Jr. teaches fly casting throughout the country. He contributes to Saltwater Fly Fishing, Fly Tyer, and On the Water and is the author of A Fly-Fisher's Guide to Saltwater Naturals and Their Imitation.


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "shinobizu80130542" on 19 Jun 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is in a class of its own, it is a facinating read for those fly fishers that are interested in the mechanics of the casting action. It is also a very useful guide and companion for those that are or already have chosen the vocation of professional fly casting instructors. This book explains all manner of casting techniques in supreme detail, and also how to go about correcting faults that already exsist within your casting technique.
However if you are a novice or beginner, then you might find some of the detailed explanations of the casting mechanics a little dry or difficult to understand fully. I personally find this book extremely useful as I am striving not only to improve my own technique, but wish to become a casting instructor myself. All in all, a fantastic book and an excellent read, I would highly recommend this to others- four stars.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. B. Dennis on 4 Mar 2008
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Like any reference work (or text book) one has to concentrate on every word that is written in this book and then go over it again as many times as is necessary for the message to sink in - and then get out your fly rod and practice. I would recommend the use of a highlighter to emphasise the key phrases in order to enable you to lift out of the text those parts that are particularly important to you as an individual, even at the expense of defacing it. This is after all a learning tool, not a classical work that requires appropriate reverence.

I too am endeavouring to become a qualified game angling instructor, but very quickly realised after day one of the Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Angling Course (run by the Salmon and Trout Association here in the UK) that I attended, that my technical casting knowledge was woefully inadequate. The course (perhaps surprisingly) does not teach casting or how to teach casting, so I am now in the process of putting this right and learning (in depth) about this critical game angling skill - and Hey Presto, here is part of the answers to my prayers. (The other part is taking lessons from an established master caster!)

A word of warning; I would suggest that you pace yourself through this book, take it a step at a time, and don't try to rush on to the next bit before you have fully assimilated each stage.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Brown on 18 Aug 2007
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being possibly the lowest priced book on the subject out there, the contents come as a bit of a surprise, for beginners its thorough, for intermediates there is extra detail and it goes further, much more than the same old mechanical instruction, one of the few books or dvd's that actually does help in practice.
up there with joan wulf's, superb book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Silverback on 25 July 2009
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This book covers the mechanics of fly casting in great detail. So much detail you could fall asleep reading it. If you do then pick it up and read it again. It is the best book on fly casting I have ever read. If you can take this information with you to the waters edge and work to put it into practice your casting will improve no end. For me, it embodies the essence of what a good cast is and what it means to you as a fisher. I honestly believe it would appeal to novice or experienced anglers alike. A useful reference book which should prove invaluable as you strive to perfect your cast. Tight Lines.
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