Andrew Toft is a
GAIA APGAI Instructor in both Trout & Sea Trout and Salmon Angling
FFF Master and T.H.C.I. Instructor
He is also an
AAPGAI Instructor
Andrew is a member of the hghly successful
Carron Casting Team

Andrew is from Glasgow, Scotland


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Andrew Toft is called Mr. Style in Ireland and not without very good reason.

He is greatly admired for his extremely graceful fly casting technique. They are the casting techniques taught by
legendary Scottish fly-caster Peter Anderson taken to a very, very high level of proficiency. So much so that even
when he is tournament casting he still does so using his most graceful fishing style influences.

He is most known for the use of the blocking technique or what is known as a ‘Toft block’, which is a very high stop of the
rod tip on the final delivery created by preventing the butt and bottom hand from making contact with the body.
This technique creates a very abrupt stop ensuring the deflection of the rod tip unloading is all in the direction of the
flight path of the line and that all the energy release of the rod is very controlled and directed. The technique causes
the formation of very tight loops which unroll out perfectly. It is a magnificent technique to use for practical fishing
purposes and one that allows the caster a very fine level of control over presentation.

Andrew is Currently the official 2010 World Champion Spey Caster in the 18ft category.

He also won the 2010 C.L.A. Spey Casting Competition.

He had already been second twice, and third once, at the annual C.L.A. Spey casting competition.

His loop morphology is certainly among the best I personally have ever seen due to his technique of using the block,
blocking the rod butt out a little from the body with the bottom hand on the final delivery creating a very positive but
high stop and tight loop from the deflection of the rod tip in the direction of the cast. This technique is in fact addictive
to use and is one of those things that really improves a persons overall ability and understanding.

He is also an absolute gentleman and one of the finest, friendliest people one could hope to meet.

A Master at work, demonstrating immaculate technique in San Francisco

Andrew Toft in Competition at Emo Game Fair. an 18 foot rod under full loading pressure.

Andrew Toft’s thoughts on Double Handed Rod Fly-Casting
Most of the energy generated during fly-casting is due to efficient leverage. If the bottom hand is preceding the movement of the top hand, even in minimal movements, we are achieving the foundation of the most effective rod loading, and angular change required for tight loops and maximum efficiency in medium to longish range casting. A two handed rod works by “Fulcrum & Leverage”, the upper hand being the point round which the rod will be levered and rotated. We are able to change the angle and reposition the fulcrum to assist in stroke length and directional motion during the casting movements, resulting in a more efficient bend in the rod over a short distance. The lower hand provides more efficient leverage when rotated and moved around the upper hand as it is further from the tip. If we were to use the top hand as our primary source of power during any accelerated movement, the lower hand would then become our pivotal point, resulting in less effective rod loading .This would then require a longer stroke and more effort. If your top hand is travelling faster than your bottom hand during the casting movements, then you are not bending the rod effectively. Tournament Spey-casting requires a larger casting arc and maximum stroke length which allows much more time to apply force so we can get much more speed .Therefore the upper hand will extend further forward than normal casting style.

Rod Tip deflection / Counter flex Don’t overlook the way that the rod unloads at the end of the cast.! The ability to judge the point of maximum rod tip deflection is vital when casting with efficiency. It is very important to allow the rod tip to unbend or deflect in the same direction as the intended flight path of the loop. If the rod tip unbends excessively to the inside or below the flight path of the line, then it is counterproductive and inefficient. Power and speed application cannot be excessive and has to be in the correct place terminating in an efficient stop.

Andrew Toft

In Japan 2008 with some of the Carron team, Ruairi Costello, James Chalmers, Jimmy Jack, Jimmy’s son, Andrew

Golden Gate Casting Club, San Francisco Demo

Andrew Toft in the Moy Valley

Finalists of the Spey Omega Competition October 08, Cloonlara, River Shannon.
Back L to R,
James Chalmers, Knut Syrstad, Mathias Lileham
Front L to R,
Ruairi Costello, Andrew Toft, Gerard Downey

Results 15ft rod competition, floating line, 40 degree change of direction, standing in running water

1st Knut Systard, Norway 161' 7"
2nd Gerard Downey, Ireland 160' 5"
3rd Mathias Lilleham, Norway 143' 10"
4th Ruairi Costello, Ireland 141' 3"
5th Andrew Toft, Scotland 140' 6"
6th James Chalmers, Scotland 137' 10"

Longest cast Knut Syrstad - 168ft in practice