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Troubleshooting the Cast: An Expert Dianoses of 32 Common Casting Problems and Shows How to Fix Them Paperback – 1 Nov 1999


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Ed Jaworowski teaches fly casting clinics across the country and is on the advisory staff of Sage Rods, Umpqua Feather Merchants, Simms, and Scientific Anglers. He is author of The Cast, the ground-breaking study of fly casting technique, is a contributing editor of Fly Fishing in Salt Waters and Mid-Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide, and writes for all the major fly-fishing magazines.

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Jaworowski Took My Casting To The Next Level 7 Feb. 2000
By Walter W. Hofer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Ed Jaworowski clearly explains why my cast sometimes falls apart and sometimes works well. In "Trouble Shooting the Cast" he demonstrates a thorough understanding of the mechanics of fly-casting and goes from there to clearly pinpoint common casting mistakes. He has done his homework well. Jaworowski identifies and analyzes over 30 common casting problems and gives clear and concise explanations for their underlying causes. He explains the relationships between one problem and another. After dealing with the fundamentals of fly-casting, Jaworowski addresses special problem areas such as casting in the wind and casting shooting heads and weighted flies and leaders.
After studying "Trouble Shooting the Cast," I find that I starting to be able to dissect my (and other's) casting mistakes by just analyzing the movement of the fly line. For instance, Jaworowski clearly explains that line oscillations in my forward cast meant I had slack in the backcast or that the end of my fly line curves to the left or right because I had misdirected hand motion at the last instant of the forward cast. Now I am able to analyze each cast and know what I need to do to correct the problem.
The illustrations in the book are barely adequate, and could be a lot better. Actual photographs contrasting the correct and incorrect casting technique might have helped.
I agree with Lefty Kreh's assessment that Ed Jaworowski is the best fly casting instructor around.
This is the best book about casting ever written. 10 July 2015
By Zach Matthews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've been an outdoor magazine writer for ten years now. I've written about casting, been the photo model for magazine articles on casting, got certified as a casting instructor--all of that. I will never top this book because this book cannot be topped. Jaworowski wrote the best book about fly casting ever written when he penned this. It is almost all diagrams that show you how to make a mistake then how to fix it.

All you have to do in this modern era is cast for about 30 seconds and have a friend video you from the side, then look up your particular casting flaw in this book. It's that simple, and you will immediately have an excellent guide on how to fix your problems and get better. This book (and practice) taught me to cast an entire fly line. If everyone read this book and practiced 20 minutes a day for three months, world records would start to fall because the quality of angler would be so much higher.

Buy this book. It should never be allowed to go out of print.
The next book for learning to flycast. 24 Jun. 2012
By Becket - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is written and organized in a very direct efficient manner. It's not written to be read from cover to cover. Let's say you are practicing your overhand cast and you see that the end of the fly line and leader is curling to the left after each cast. What to do? Look into the table of contents for the problem. Read the answer. Apply the solution and when corrected, put the book back on the shelf.

I had a problem with my casts collapsing in a series of bends after I cast the line. Looked up the problem, not enough power, thought about the answer given. It worked.

While the book is not a one for one substitute for a certified casting instructor, it's absolutely great for those mornings while your significant other still sleeps and you are in the back yard getting a few practice casts in while having your coffee.
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How to cast correctly and fix what you're doing wrong 6 Mar. 2006
By James Benenson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It's too bad that a book like this has to be written. Ed teaches the best method of fly casting there is, so if you read the first four pages and -> practice <- what he teaches, you'll rarely experience the 32 problems that he writes about in the rest of the book.

If you insist on using an inferior casting method and are having problems, this book is the next best thing to Ed being at your side showing what's wrong and teaching what's right.
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Invaluable Reference for Anglers of Any Level 19 April 2002
By BP - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This was just the book I was looking for when I had been fly fishing for a while but started running into problems with my cast. This book anticipated all of them and provides easy solutions. Some casting books make it difficult to picture what they're doing with the rod, even with pictures. "Troubleshooting the Cast" lays it out clearly. Highly recommended.
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