The following is the preface:

Fly Casting Scandinavian StyleThere are already several fine books on fly casting on the market, so why write another one on the subject? The answer is quite simple, really, because there is a need for one. New generations of rods and lines have seen the light of day in the last few years and they have added new dimensions to what is possible within fly casting. Conditions given by nature such as wind and gravity are unchanged, but because of the ever-improving fly fishing tackle, you can do casts today that were impossible 15-20 years ago. This is what you can read about in the book you have in your hand.

The book is based on my own experience as a guide and instructor of fly casting and fishing strategy all over the world. Throughout the years, I have taught many thousands of fly fishers and have met all types of anglers; beginners as well as seasoned guides. I would like to pass on what is, in my experience, the perfect cast with a fly.

This means that the book is all about my way to cast a fly and my conception of the essentials of fly casting with single and double handed rods.

My wish is that the combination of text, color photographs, and illustrations in this book will make it easier for the beginner to really understand the cast from the start.

If you would like to learn how to cast a fly and only have little experience, I would recommend that you start with chapters 3 and 4. They deal with tackle composition and the basic technique of the overhead cast.

Apart from this, I would recommend that you join a casting course with an experienced instructor. He or she will immediately see the weak spots and correct whatever faults there may be, before they become nasty habits and you will get an explanation to a lot of the special terms that crowd any fly fisher's vocabulary.

If you're already an experienced caster, I hope that the reading will bring you many eye-openers and a deeper understanding of the mechanical actions and possibilities of the fly cast, as well as inspiration to set new goals for your fishing.

I have read many books on casting technique but have often missed a more detailed account of the fly cast's composition and how to put together the fly gear optimally. In fact, details often decide whether a cast is successful or not. That's why I make an effort to describe how to hold the rod properly, for example, or how the rod is passed back and forth between the different positions in the cast and I also talk about the leader's importance in the cast. These details are important if you want to keep a check on the casting. Only when you control the cast, will you be able to concentrate fully on the fishing.

A fly cast, which does not have as its aim to get the fly to fish in the best possible way, has got no legitimacy in my opinion. This is why I put a great deal of emphasis on the composition of tackle, so that I can control my cast, deliver and fish the fly without having to take into consideration whether there's any room for a back cast or not.

The content of this book is at times quite technical. That is why this is not a book to read from cover to cover. Instead, I would recommend that you read it slowly and thoroughly and spend some time after each chapter on the practical side of things. This will give you a better understanding of the content, before you move on.

It is my wish and goal that all who read this book will have the best chances to develop and perfect their casting. Not for the sake of the cast itself, but in order to contribute to their fishing with the joy that you experience when the cast is running smoothly and the fly lands exactly where you want it. Each time!



Over the last few years, many clients and friends have asked me to put together hosted trips to places I’d recommend, having been fortunate enough to have fished extensively in many of the world’s greatest locations. I’ve finally decided to work those into my schedule, yet only those places that I have personally found immense pleasure in fishing and experiencing on multiple occasions. 
 
Henrik Mortensen: Professional Fly Angler, Fly Caster, Designer, Instructor & Author