Originally Posted by Diver Dan
This is a photo of my Trevor Morgan 8 wt. line out of the rod. It's a 95' line.
By the way, his line speed....if it was any faster it would be traveling back in time. This was not his best cast either.
Why not give him a good 5 wt. and see what distance he can cast it? If it's in the 110+' range, then he'd be within shooting distance of Rajeff's best on the older Best of the West competitions (approx. 120', I think).
If gear is a problem, then I'd take him to your local Fly Shop, explain how he can cast and they might give you a good loaner rod, and maybe a reel and line, just to see what the result is. Being associated with excellence in anything related to fly fishing is never a bad thing for a local shop.