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on 20 October 2012
This DVD is aimed at beginnners intended as an introduction to fly fishing, a no-nonsense approach is taken and the man sounds convincing enough at first glance. However, if you've got at least a rudimentary knowledge of fly fishing, you'll realise however that it lacks information in many areas touched upon and dedicates a disproportionate amount of time to (to a beginner). About a third of the DVD is dedicated to fly-making - far more than that dedicated to fly casting, which I found disappointing, I realy think fly-making is something only a more advanced angler should consider, most beginners and even intermediates would be happy to buy ready-made flies, however if you'd like to know how to make the Cat's Whisker and the Peacock's Spider flies and have all the equipment necessary, then by all means buy this DVD. Furthermore, there wasn't any mention of the fishing environment i.e. the water systems/terrain/fish habitat, which given the title "stillwater" was misleading, the title could have equally been called "start fly fishing", the "stillwater" being a redundant term here.

On the positive, there are useful pieces of advice here and there - a sophisticated method of tying the leader to the line is one example. There's also great entertainment in places, the DVD is peppered with trout catches and dreary music.

There are better DVDs for beginners out there, this one is too short and compressed and lacking in fudamental areas such as fly casting. If you were hoping to be informed on the basics of stillwater fly fishing, you'd be sourly disappointed. Don't buy this DVD, better to buy a DVD dedicated to only to one concept e.g. fly-casting/fishing environment/fly-making, because this DVD at most provides you with only a flavour of those.
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