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Fly Casting Scandinavian Style Hardcover – Jun 29 2010
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"The magnificent photos in this book are easily enough justification for buying a copy, but coupled with Henrik's easy-to-understand teachings and his clear instructive style, this book becomes an absolute must-have."--Simon Gawesworth (04/01/2010)
About the Author
Henrik Mortensen, a fly tackle designer with Zpey, travels extensively and teaches casting seminars. His website is www.henrik-mortensen.com. When he's not on the road, he calls Osprey, Florida, home.
Top Customer Reviews
As a beginner in scandinavian style, I really have appreciated this book.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
He goes in appropriate depth on physics and casting principals that maximize the potential of the rod, and that flows nicely into overhead and Scandi casting with both the single and double hand rod. Topping it off is a great review of tackle (lines, rods, leaders and flies) and how it all effects the performance of the rod, the casts and the success of your fishing.
Lastly, there's great photos and graphics throughout the book. If you want to take your casting and fishing to the next level, this book is for you.
My only gripe with this book, and it's a small and personal gripe at that, is that it tends to waver at the point of becoming a bit self-promotional and a little canonical. There are many, many ways to get a fly out to the fish, so it grinds me a little to be told that if I don't do things *just so*, then I'm doing it wrong! Especially since some chapters in the book discuss overall principles very well, but once it comes down to just which leg has to be in front, then there is only one way, to name one example. I cannot help getting a nagging suspicion that this book is also a bit of a manifesto, or a defense for naming a style that is supposedly very unique. Having read several spey-books and seen countless videos and casters, I have to say that besides minutia, the overall principles to take away from every source on casting a short line/head, is pretty much the same. Just a bit too much of this book revolves around why this is different and unique, and why the other ways are inferior, and I don't really see that, personally.
Still, if you are looking into casting shooting heads or short head lines, then this is most certainly the right book to get.