Re: acceptable distance for 9' 5 wt.
The biggest killer of distance with a SH rod is the failure to come to a hard stop at the 10 o'clock position on the forward cast. 40 foot cast will put you over a lot of fish, but to hit 60, you've got make that hard stop. Try this, get a good straight cast out 35 feet. Now pull off 5 more feet of line and hold it in your left hand. Make your normal cast and let go of the line on the forward cast. It should snap out and extend the cast to 40 feet. If it doesn't you are likely powering the rod too far down on the forward cast. Keep working on it until you get the five feet to snap out to 40. Then pull off another five feet and go for 45, then 50, etc. A double haul won't help, if you don't stop hard and high.