Re: How far can you cast?
I am a newbe and have been reading some threads and felt I would like to add some imput to this thread. I deal a great deal with a number of flycasters and the main fault I see in casting is not understanding the difference between style and form. Anglers who learn on their own have a tendency to try and look like casters they have seen and wish to cast like. They look good but cannot cast distance and accurate casts. The reason is form IMO. Compentent flycasters cast with different style but the form is constant.
The problem in being satisfied with short casts is the misteaks in form are practiced over and over until they become ingrained and hard to correct. You may look good but the transition between potential and kinetic energy is never attained to the level you require for a long cast. I believe as others have stated that once you learn to cast long your short casts will be with ease and accuracy.