Upcoming Events


We will be giving demonstrations of the Italian Casting Style at the following events during 2018

  • August 11th & 12th - Lowther Game Show - Lowther Castle Near Penrith
  • September 15th & 16th 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.


To give anglers a more in depth introduction to the Italian Style of Casting we will be running a number of workshops during the year. Full details of the venues and dates have yet to be firmed up, the intent however is to run the following workshops.

  • September 22nd & 23rd - River Tees - Middleton in Teesdale - County Durham
  • October 13th - Cammarch Hotel - Llangammarch  - Powys - River Irthon

For the September workshop Massimo Magliocco,  who developed our particular style of Italian Casting, will be coming over from Italy to show us all how it should be done. The Saturday session will be dedicated to teaching the basics of the Italian Style of Casting with a barbecue and social event in the evening. Sunday's session will be focused on the practical application of the Italian Casts and associated water craft.

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
  • The grip
  • The basic casting stroke including the plane, the axis,and the formation of the loop.
  • The Fly First 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 you fly in small gaps between trees and other snags which 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 to perform a more conventional back cast.
    • 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.

If you are interested in attending any of these workshops please email Phil Bastow at phil@bastow.net to be kept up to date as to when and where the workshop will be held.