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I am an outdoorsman, not a computer boffin, or at least that was the picture when I started this a few years back. Since then I have become caught up with the advantages of electronic media. Steep learning curves continue, frustrations abound but out of that crucible have I think come some really worthwhile publications. How to Make your own fly fishing lanyard was the first and remains the most popular of all the titles. Plus it's free. Then "Who Packed your Parachute" an investigation into better ways to tie parachute flies followed.Still an experiment and free to anyone. Recently my book "Learn to Fly-cast in a Weekend" previously published in hard cover was converted to electronic format making it available to a far wider audience. It has received great reviews and then came the comprehensive and highly innovative "Essential Fly Tying Skills" book, which was previously only available on CD due to the file sizes has been made available for instant download. Now the genre has expanded further with "Guide Flies", with the same format of graphics, text and video clip links. I am still passionate about the outdoors, fly fishing and writing. I hope that you will enjoy the books and find them useful. I further hope that as I learn more there will be more titles with ever better content. Regards Tim
on June 24, 2012 :
I've finished Learn to Flycast in a Weekend and I have to say this book is a must have for every fly fisherman whether you think you're casting is perfect or not. It will help you get rid of all of those bad habits and teach you a new way to better your casts, timing and eventually distance accuracy. if you are a new caster this book is for you. You can have the technique down in four sessions and believe me when I tell you, you won't need any lessons afterwards. A true find and as I said a must have.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
on March 09, 2012 :
The contents of the book lives up to the title - I did indeed learn to flycast in a weekend. As a very infrequent fisherman, I find the logical set out of the book, and the ability to easily go back and practice basic skills when things start to go wrong, most useful. I particularly appreciate the logical build up of the instruction given in the book, and strongly recommend it
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Stefan Schmid III
on March 07, 2012 :
Once Tim gave me his book my casting was poor and in great need of improvement. Since I started to seriously work the exercises in his book my casting gets better and better. The great thing about this book is, that I feel improvement with each step I take. The book immediately shows me where my difficulties are and I am able to correct them in a short time. Which is usually the trouble with self teaching books, that they don't. So this book definitely makes my casting better and so I recommend it to anyone who wants to be a better caster, beginner or intermediate.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on March 06, 2012 :
I offered to review the book as I have recently had a shoulder op and can't use my right hand and wanted to 'learn' to cast left handed. I found the exercises very understandable and the 'key elements' and 'problem summary' at the end of each exercise extremely useful.
By doing the exercises left handed I realised that I was gripping the rod all wrong and using my wrist too much(does this sound like golf?. Once I go back to fishing right handed I have a few corrections to make.
I would recommend this Ebook to any beginner and even some intermediate level fly fisher people
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
on Feb. 26, 2012 :
So I took up Tim's challenge to teach a non-caster using his book and not my own ideas :). The experiment started with me reading the book and then putting my 12 year old through the exercises using a 2/3wt setup. After 30 minutes he had the basics down and after 2 hours the whip cracking sounds during his casting had disappeared. We are now up to Exercise 10 and my wife has decided to attempt to learn as well. (and she doesn't even like the great outdoors:) The only downside is that I now have to buy more Fly fishing equipment that I haven't budgeted for. Admittedly, it took longer than a weekend as the attention span of children has to be allowed for.
I wish this book had been around 10 years ago when I started teaching myself to cast. It would have saved me months of frustration. Great work Tim. -Garnet Prince
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)