Too much attention to distance?
Every now and then I post something that causes a stir and this may be one of those threads.
I have seen people with many different interests or hobbies come full circle in their pursuit of those endeavors. Take for instance the archery buff who after coveting and finally acquiring the most sophisticated compound bow ever made finds himself crafting long bows and hand made arrows from native woods.
I could go on to extrapolate almost every recreational and sporting activity into this theory but I believe the archery analogy will do.
As I read threads here I feel like a dinosaur with my double taper lines and slow to medium action rods. Sharkskins & Ultra's combined with T3's, TLS's, Z Axis & Launch make me think of muscle cars and super bikes not rods and lines but then I'm getting to be an old fart.
I have been fishing a long time, but not as long as some of you but I have fished all over the map. I very seldom find myself having to cast 90' and when I do the immediate problems of line control, leader knots, and of course setting the hook with any authority are just some of the problems encountered.
I believe that way too much attention is given to distance in the cast just as we believe bigger has to be better in almost every aspect of our existence. I would not discourage those people who wish to enter distance casting tournaments from pursuing the most hi tech rods and lines for their needs but for those persons new to fly fishing I would advise that you concentrate on your short to medium game and try to catch the fish that may lie between you and the far shore with out getting snagged on the far shore.
If distance is your thing then by all means go for it, (I did) but if you are just getting your boots wet you may find it helpful to learn to wade before you try to walk on water.
This was written by a very tall guy who once tried to double haul his way through life.
"Don't shoot me I'm only the piano player" B.J.