Originally Posted by addni
Precisely. When I got some casting lessons from a FFF Master instructor, he battered that into me: Be able to cast to where the fish is, not the measuring tape.
Focus on good form, timing & presentation. The rest will automatically show up
I wonder if he was one of the Master Certified Casting Instructors who entered the 5 weight casting competition at our annual FFF conclave where the distance portion was cause for bragging rights.
Sometimes it's just plain fun to cast for distance. Besides being a skill that takes practice to do well, it develops good form and is a skill that comes in mighty handy on many occasions. Besides, chicks dig it!
Ain't no downside to casting well.