Book Review: The Cast, Ed Jaworski
Ed Jaworski, Foreward by Lefty Kreh
1992 Stackpole Books
I found this book to be a very thorough reference for single-hand casting and really enjoy Ed's no-nonsense phrasing of casting nuances. It is full of photos and useful diagrams that deliver on the concepts we care about when it comes to fly casting.
Since it's my goal to test for my FFF masters cert. as soon as I am ready, I have been absorbing the works of the masters as much as possible and find this book and Ed's work in general to be a potent yet refreshing no-nonsense reference similar to the style of his freind and mentor Lefty Kreh (whose influence goes without saying in this industry).
One particular thing I like about his persona is that he is quick to debunk myths and high-brow opinions, choosing instead to call 'em like he sees 'em much like a good umpire at a world series game, you know the kind that neither team can be mad at for his fairness and accuracy.
In the end it's practice that puts things into our arsenals on the water, but this foundation of concepts, photo sequences and inside skinny really lays down a good foundation for students of the cast.
Juro, I have not read Ed's book yet, but I plan to get both of his casting treatises soon.
I recently had the great fortune to spend three days with Ed & Lefty at Pintail Point in Maryland with about fifteen of the guys from TFO. One of the best weekends I have ever had, just messing about with fly rods for 72-hours. Ed understands the cast as well as any man I have ever met, and was able to give me two things that gave my casting more improvement than anything I have learned in years.
Ed is really keen to become a master of the two-handed rod as well. I am willing to bet that you two could work out an information exchange that would be beneficial to both parties.
Drop me an e-mail if you would like his contact info:
I am envious of your recent experience! I saw them both at Denver but they always had a crowd surrounding them so I didn't get much more than a chance to say hello.
I would definitely enjoy talking with Ed about two-handed casting! Thanks Jay
Hi Steve -
Hope things are well. Actually the envelope is on my desk, and will come with me to the post office this morning.
Thank you -
How do you compare Ed's book to the land mark "Techniques..." by Joan Wulff?
I'll let you know in a few days when I have read both :)
BTW I got to chat or better yet cast with Joan just the other day in Denver at a quiet moment on the casting pond when it was strangely uncrowded. I had been fishing with heavily rear-loaded 11/12wt two-hand stroke and a very abrupt high-stop recently (Atlantis) and I was stopping this little 5wt without enough wrist rotation on the final power snap. Sure what I was doing put a tight point on the line but it didn't give the loop enough to turn over at the far end of a shooting cast.
Joan spotted this right away and offered some words of wisdom that had me floating above the platform instead of standing on it with the sweetness of the casts that I felt flowing from my properly rotated wrist, especially combined with the extended stroke length and late rotation I had been working on lately.
When someone of this degree of skill takes even 30 seconds with a student of the cast like me, it's truly a gift.
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