Originally Posted by silver creek
I agree with the 80 foot mark as a long cast. WF fly line lengths vary but the average would be 90 feet. A Rio gold is 90 ft and a Rio GRand is 100 ft. Orvis vary from 90 for 10 to 7 Wt and 105 for 8 wt and above. Cortland lines are 90 ft.
To cast the entire fly line you would need about a 105 - 108 ft cast, 90 foot for the fly line, 9 ft for the fly rod and 9 feet for the leader. That is 108 feet.
I consider the cast to start from where your standing. So that 9 ft inside the tip of your rod is actually 9 free feet. Thats how I see most competitions anyway. From the line where your standing and out.
I would also say that there are only a very very small minority of people out there that can toss a 90' 5wt line to the backing. If your hitting 80' feet you are casting futher than most out there.