Disk 1 establishes a strong foundation from which students will progress in their casting journey. Covering roll casting, the Snap-T and Double Spey Cast from both sides of the river. “Casting is half the equation,” says Tom. “People get so geeked out over the casting that they forget about the fishing.”
Disk 2 focuses on adaptation, building upon the fundamentals and propelling students to an entirely new level of Spey casting mastery.
2 disks on 1 DVD, 4+ hours
Based on his own stumbling journey toward the perfect two-handed cast, Tom has developed a program that will transform anglers of all abilities. Skagit Revolution represents the first major Spey casting instructional video to release in several years and its vanguard technique is aptly compared to the transition from straight to parabolic skis, taking advantage of the laws of physics rather than fighting them. While it respects the tenets of traditional Spey casting, the approach addresses advancements in the latest technology.
Tom’s casting education began 20 years ago in the Spey Dark Ages. Archaic books, cryptic tutorials and the occasional knowledgeable mentor served as his gurus on the ways and means to properly cast and present a fly using a two-handed cast. Although he was new to the sport, he was eager to share his hard-earned knowledge with clients. During these early years of his guiding career, he worked on some of the greatest steelhead, salmon and trout rivers in both the Great Lakes and Alaska. In 2001, Tom’s passion for teaching Spey fishing led him to Oregon’s Deschutes River. Since that time, he has quietly carved his niche as one of the top two-handed casting instructors in the country. Tom has also been a driving force in the world of two-handed product design. His casting and teaching style revolves around the family of Skagit-style lines that he developed for Airflo Fly Lines. Recently, he released a series of Microspey rods with the Winston Rod Company, which have been a game changer in the two-handed trout fishing theater. Skagit Revolution is the brainchild from these years of guiding, teaching and product design.
His tutorial, offered as a double-layered DVD (two DVDs in one), presents a rich and engaging ballast to fill knowledge gaps within the canon of Spey casting instruction. Both disks seek to break myths and reinforce good habits.