brainwashem’ young- Tweedstart

via Eoin Fairgrieve

“Fifteen years ago some River Tweed ghillies got together and organised a morning for local children to learn about various aspects of becoming an angler – We called the event Tweedstart. Today Tweedstart has introduced thousands of children to fly fishing in the Scottish Borders. This is a short film about the project:”

this kind of initiative is all good, all around. kids get out of the classroom, get a better understanding and discover their inherent connection with the outdoors that just can’t happen within walls.
much more than just a fly fishing school, they get to learn about the water’s ecosystem and discover what a precious resource waterways are, water safety, camaraderie/teamwork, how a well managed fishery can be vital plus to a region’s economy and maybe best of all, go back home with fond memories and mud-stained clothing and hands.

with the hope that organisations such as Tweedstart and others around the globe will influence the creation of even more like-minded operations with kids with the fantastic help of people like Eoin and many others, here’s a few videos showing just what a great job they’re doing. enjoy !

 

Spey Casting- More on the Snake Roll

by Eoin Fairgrieve

we’d previously seen an introduction on this wonderful all-in-one change-of-direction cast with descriptions by its creator, Simon Gawesworth and beautifully demonstrated by Christopher Rownes and today’s treat compliments the previous instruction perfectly.
always pleasantly explained with simple, concise wordings, Eoin’s as always spot on: it’s all good and well worth paying attention to every single bit.

whether learning for the first time or working on this cast, this is a little goldmine. enjoy !

note- beginners might want to focus on all the same moves but at a slower rate with short to mid belly lines to start off.

new to this or old, be sure to check out the previous Snake Roll article HERE for just about everything there is to know about this cast.
if you have any questions or comments please leave them in the comments box.

for the love of water- The River

by Eoin Fairgrieve/Speycast Media

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hard not to love river Tweed and everything that goes with it.
enjoy it in full screen !

if you liked the map click here for a selection of collectable Scottish river maps with all their beats and pools.

Fly Fishing in 3D

“This is some of my fly fishing images split into layers and converted into a 3D effect – The idea is to integrate this effect into some filming projects planned for this season”
this experimental preview treat by Eoin Fairgrieve sure is promising. i’m really looking forward to see how integrates these trippy editing techniques in future films. be sure to watch it in full screen, enjoy !

‘Powered by Water’

SpeyCasting in Slow Motion with Eoin Fairgrieve/UltraSpey Fly Fishing

as it’s just a preview it’s unfortunately way too short but oh, what a treat to see such excellent spey casting from these different viewpoints. enjoy !

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brainwashem’ young- My First Trout

by Eoin Fairgrieve

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“Written by professional fly casting instructor, Eoin Fairgrieve, My First Trout is an interactive children’s book about learning to fish for trout. This book has been inspired by Eoin’s work teaching thousands of children to fish, and comprises of sixteen chapters covering all aspects of fly fishing for this prized species of fish. It includes motion graphics, interactive educational tools, and an image gallery. The book is written in an informative and engaging style, and children will learn about water safety, the trout’s anatomy and lifecycle, and the importance of maintaining a healthy riverside environment. Other chapters include information on what the trout eats as well as essential tackle and fly casting techniques. This publication is an ideal reading and reference guide for any child interested in learning to fish for trout, and is particularly suitable for children between the ages of 9-16 years.”

this is the follow up ebook to My First Salmon available for download on your iPad with iBooks and at only 7$ it’s the perfect gift you don’t want to miss giving to our little friends. click the pic to access the iTunes store.

Spey Casting: The Double Spey

351px-TheSwitchCast-The_Salmon_Flyfar from the quaint yet confusing Spey cast presentations of yore (and not-so-yore… ) here’s a lot of very good explanations and demonstrations on this foundation cast by one of the best, Eoin Fairgrieve.

the double Spey’s main purpose is to easily and safely reposition the line prior to D-loop set up on the downwind side of the caster while creating a pronounced waterborne anchor*.
in the video Eoin points out that he’s on river right ** and has a downstream wind, therefore to cast safely, the D-loop needs to go on the downstream side, something the single Spey couldn’t do in the same river-side and wind scenario.
whether using a single or double hand rod, short, middle or long belly line, this cast is not only pleasant to perform but can get you out of tricky situations easily. unfortunately,  the whole roll/spey cast family is most often referred to as the casts to use when there’s obstructions behind the caster but that’s just one reason.

often ignored, safety issues such as when fishing from boats with a friend(s), casting very heavy flies or in extreme wind situations are other areas where rolls and Spey casts shine.

the only real limitations the double Spey might have is casting very far (the single Spey definitely outclasses it there) or when using easily water-logged dry flies as they tend to not stay dry when dragged through water during the set up or presentation roll cast but i’ll have an alternative Spey cast created just for this purpose for you soon. HERE
on the other hand, the double Spey is safer and usually easier to get ‘just right’ than the single Spey when using fast-sink tips and specially, big and heavy flies.

to conclude, if you’re new to spey casts or want to get better at them, the best you could do is learn:

a) both the static and dynamic Roll Cast
b) the Double Spey
c) the Single Spey

in that order and off both shoulders and preferably with a longish-bellied line. (long belly lines teach us to cast better as there’s less room for mistakes. from there, adapting to shorter lines is a breeze)
once those skills are acquired all other spey casts and spey styles will be a simple matter of slight adjustments as they are basically only variants of the three above.

*
Eoin refers to this as “sustained anchor”, a term coined from the Skagit Spey casting school. according to Ed Ward, the creator of the term, the sustained anchor, a deliberate and prolonged pause (much longer than in traditional Spey casting) before line reversal into the D-loop can only be applied to Skagi-specific casts with i guess, Skagit lines, fast sinking tips and heavy/flies. in other words, Ward ( pointed this out recently on a fly casting forum) wouldn’t agree with his term being used in this video’s context. whatever…
a more universally accepted term for the double-Spey’s anchor is ‘water-borne’ and it’s counterpart, ‘airborne anchor’ applies to the Single Spey or Snake Roll.

**
river right/right bank- the angler has the current going left to right of the intended fishing area.
river left/left bank- the angler has the current going right to left of the intended fishing area.
should the angler be in the middle of the river the left or right bank/river designation will be determined as above by current direction and intended fishing area.

should there be any confusion, imagine you’re on a bridge looking downstream. on the right is right bank, on the left is left bank.

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brainwashem’ young- My First Salmon, an interactive iPad/iTunes experience for kids

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created as a continuation of the paper editions of My First Trout and My First Salmon previously mentioned here in the ‘brainwashem’ young series, Eoin Fairgrieve takes one big step further with this new publication by providing it in digital form to share with our wee ones.

“Written by professional fly casting instructor, Eoin Fairgrieve, My First Salmon is an interactive children’s book about learning to fish for Atlantic salmon.  This book has been inspired by Eoin’s work teaching thousands of children to fish, and comprises of sixteen chapters covering all aspects of fly fishing for this prized species of fish. It includes motion graphics, interactive educational tools, and an image gallery. The book is written in an informative and engaging style, and children will learn about water safety, the salmon’s anatomy and lifecycle, and the importance of maintaining a healthy riverside environment.  Other chapters include information on the Atlantic salmon’s amazing ocean migration as well as essential tackle and fly casting techniques.  This publication is an ideal reading and reference guide for any child interested in learning to fish for salmon, and is particularly suitable for children between the ages of 9-16 years.”

a sample page from the book on salmon anatomy
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outside of bringing them to the water (and as a perfect addition to this), at $6.99 it’s one of the better gifts you give your kids or a friend’s or relative’s.
click either pic to access the iTunes store.

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Eoin’s rod cam

casting and filming: Eoin Fairgrieve

it’s a real treat to see such World-Class spey casting from this perspective. 

shot in both real time and slomo with a head and rod-mounted HD GoPro, Eoin’s testing the final sample of the soon to come out Signature Series Multi Tip Line.

Snaps Z, T and C, Switches, Snakes and his signature “Wind-Up Spirals. it’s all smooth, extremely well executed, powerful and beautiful. enjoy.


brainwashem’ young – My First Trout

offering comprehensive insights and information on just about every aspect of fly fishing for trout and salmon, these books make fantastic gifts for the little ones and are a nice addition to our guidance and tutoring. bringing them back to the realm of books, the feel of paper and who knows, maybe the sense of discovery and imagination sorely missing from fast-food internet.

“My First Trout is a must for every child. Author Eoin Fairgrieve will capture the imagination of every budding fly-fisher. The book is beautifully illustrated in watercolour by acclaimed artist Ronnie Glass and includes chapters on the trout’s lifecycle, water safety, basic fly-casting, tackle advice and care for the trout and its habitat. A delightful book and a perfect present for your daughter, son, nephew, niece or grandchild”

 following in the footsteps is Eoin’s second book of the series: My First Salmon

click either image to purchase these fine books.