I have chosen to review these four individual DVD's in one review since they are in many ways cast in the same mold and together constitute the series called Modern Fly Fishing.
They are sold separately and there are individual differences, but apart from the obvious difference in fishing method, the ambiance, quality and content structure is in many ways the same. Even the running time is about identical, giving you about one and a quarter hours of main content and half an hour or more of bonus material, mainly some fly tying, which is an excellent and natural supplement for the fishing action.
Charles Cotton, Cavalier poet, aristocrat, and companion to commoner Izaak Walton, became the founder of modern fly fishing and fly making with the twelve chapters entitled “Instructions How to Angle for Trout and Grayling in a Clear Stream” that he contributed to Walton’s fifth edition of The Compleat Angler. He advised anglers for the first time to fish “fine and far off.” This admonition was crucial to all that was to come.
In modern fly fishing there are two in parallel developing directions. Let's call them: "American" and "European." The first one differs by using of average and heavy classes of ordinary (single-handled), rigid and quite short rods. The "European" direction assumes using double-handled, soft and quite long rods. Naturally, requirements to the balancing, and consequently, to the reels weight, for double-handled rods are not so important. Taking into account, that the progress in creation of extremely light rods has touched and rods of middle and heavy class, including double-handled, the problem of creation of light reels for this kind of rods should become in the near future. However, it is possible to solve this problem not only by reduction of weight of the reel. Some firms, such Abel (fig. 23), or Henchel (fig. 24), made their standard models with some special reel feet, which allow to change the positioning of the reel on rods handle, i.e. to balance "system" by changing center of gravity of entire "system."