Orvis Guide to Better Fly Casting

Improve your fly casting techniques with this fly casting instruction book.


Al Kyte is considered one of the top fly casting instructors in the world and has taught the subtleties of fly casting to students for over sixty years. Casting a fly rod is like swinging a golf club. It looks easy, but there are a significant number of things that can go wrong. Al takes you through the physics of the perfect cast and shows you how to physically make that cast happen. This fly fishing instruction book is very simply one of the best books ever written on the art of casting a fly rod. It covers a variety of casting techniques for special situations as well as the basics of the normal cast. It's easy to understand and will make a tremendous difference in your success and pleasure on the water. Fly Fishing Book is hardbound 160 pages. Lyons Press. Imported.


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 5.0 / 5 based on 5 reviews


5 of 5 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Amazing resource - 8/31/2015

    excellent, very helpful and easy to understand. I am a beginner and I could follow the tips and directions.

  • 5/5

    diagnose and fix - 5/1/2014
    By: from Naperville

    Good book to learn how to diagnose and articulate remedies for casting problems.

  • 5/5

    Start with the Basics to Improve Your Casting - 5/15/2013
    By: from Gig Harbor, WA
    Top 50 Contributor

    Most fly casting books (and DVDs) begin instruction with a recommendation to strip 30 feet of line to load the rod. Al Kyte starts with the short cast - only 12 feet of line stripped (not including leader). Mastering fundamentals with the short cast leads to improvements in the longer casts. He stresses the fundamentals of rod speed, angular rotation, stroke length, and up/down tilt). Practice exercises focus on each variable. It is a structured approach to learning that will benefit both a relatively new caster and someone more experienced looking to improve. I followed the book through from beginning to end when I first read it. Now I use it as a reference to work out particular bugs in my casting. This book belongs in your library.

  • 5/5


  • 5/5

    Great Approach to Improving Casting - 9/27/2010
    By: from Western WA
    Top 250 Contributor

    Many fly casting books and DVDs by recommending stripping 25 - 30 feet of line and then begin casting. Al Kyte departs from that and has the caster start first with only 12 feet of line (not including leader) to master the short cast prior to moving onto longer casts. It’s the way we learn most things (start simple then move on to more complexity). So why not casting? The importance of this book is not only for the beginning caster, but to anyone who is stuck or needs improvement. His approach, returning to basics like understanding the variables in the cast (rod speed, angular rotation, stroke length, and up/down tilt) and practicing them in a systematic progression, can lead to significant improvements. Highly recommended.

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