Upcoming Events


We will be giving demonstrations of the Italian Casting Style at the following events during 2019

  • February 9th & 10th - British Fly Fair International - Staffordshire County Showground. Massimo Magliocco will be coming over from Italy to demonstrate the Italian Style of casting.

​and provisionally at the following:

  • August - Lowther Game Show - Lowther Castle Near Penrith
  • September - Midlands Game Fair - Weston Park, Weston - Under - Lizard, Shropshire

In addition to demonstrating at the above events we will also be offering a basic introduction to the Italian Style of Casting on a one to one, one to small group basis.


It is intended to hold three, two day workshops during 2019 for anglers who wish to try the Italian Style of Casting for the first time and also for those who want to further develop their skills.

  • 15th / 16th June  - The  River Annan  Hoddom Castle. (Note change of date)
  • 6th / 7th July - The River Tees Middleton in Teesdale.
  • 7th / 8th September - River Dee Corwen.

For the newcomer to the Italian Style of Casting the workshops will address the following:

  • The tuning of participants existing tackle for use in the Italian Style of Casting (matching rod to flyline)
  • The grip
  • The basic casting stroke including the plane, the axis, the thrust and the formation of the loop.
  • The Fly First Cast or Angular Cast- designed to land the fly before the fly line to delay the onset of drag
  • The Backhand Fly First Cast - as the above but cast over your non casting hand shoulder, very useful when there are trees and other obstructions on your casting hand side.
  • The Under the Bushes Cast - as it says on the tin, developed to get your fly under a bush or overhanging vegetation and delay the onset of drag.
  • We will also demonstrate the following casts:
    • The Between the Trees Cast -  a very accurate cast for landing your fly in small gaps between trees and other snags. This cast is also very useful when trying to cast into a strong head wind.
    • The Dump Cast - used to land your leader with a lot of slack before your fly line, significantly delaying the onset of drag. Particularly useful when you are trying to deliver your fly into slack water when there is a fast current between you and your target.
    • The Cut Cast - used when there is limited space behind you where a more conventional back cast is not practical.
    • Utility Casts
      • The Wave and Spiral Casts - enable you to pick up your fly from the water with the minimum of disturbance and without drowning your fly.
      • The Snake Cast - used to introduce a wave pattern in your fly line and leader to delay the onset of drag.
  • Leader design and construction.

For further details of the workshop please email Phil Bastow at phil@bastow.net