Cant you see for yourself Liam?
Why don't you have a go at picking out the good and not so good aspects of these casts yourself, let us know what you think and then I will comment later, that way your not just getting the answers on a plate.
The option is open to anyone and it could make for an interesting and informative discussion.
Ok! Challenge accepted, I do like putting my neck on the line.
I have only cast my mates skagit setups so I do want to learn/delve a bit more into it all, I don't personally own one.
So I cranked the video up to 720p, opened a tin and peeled my eyes.
Ok number one for me is the unnecessarily forceful snap in the setup, dumps the line so forcefully into the water. Splash! But this is Skagit!
His sweep is really compact and close to his body, didn't see much body rotation really, more using just his arms to sweep and form a D loop.
No drift or anything like it after applying the force and sweep to form D loop.
Nearly nearly a blown anchor or two, again not too sure how much "anchor" should be in the water with a Skagit setup, I suppose over powering the forward stroke could be edging the anchor towards blowing, I would think that this depends on how much "stick" the anchor has, perhaps if Ed slowed down both sweep and forward stroke then things might work a bit nicer, although the end result looks good for the given clips and I didn't see a blown anchor.
So for the casts on show is Ed using his power ineffectively and also not relying on his body enough to apply force to the rod? The rod and line is very short though and I would think that the setup would not require a great deal of force to manipulate, so maybe that is why he uses his arms more independently.
Anchor placement quite close to the body on a few occasions too, wouldn't fancy that if a Sean Stanton was on the end of the line.
Maybe a bit top hand dominant in setup and sweep, but hard to tell.
Positives are that he is turning over the leader and looks like he is casting toward his intended target? I think?
Another positive is the dreamy music, SAS in the title and he looks like a cool Mo Fo.
Nit Picking? Definitely.
Open to the floor.