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Old 12-10-2013, 10:04 AM
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Default Re: How far "should" I cast?

Originally Posted by bigjim5589 View Post
Todd, I've been fly fishing for about 48 years, and I'm not a great long distance caster. I can get a fly out 85-90 ft sometimes, even without double hauling, but those casts are few & far between.

IMO, for 99% of freshwater fly fishing, accuracy & line control are far more important than distance. Most freshwater fishing will be within 50 ft, and much will be in the 30-40ft range or less. There will be situations where longer casts are needed, but usually those can be minimized by finding a better casting position.

Again, this all comes down to accuracy & line control. If you're primarily fishing in waters with current, both of these become even more important. On stillwaters not as critical.

If you can accurately cast in the 60 to 75ft range, then IMO that's a good distance range with any weight rod. If you get into salt or some of the big freshwater situations, then certainly being able to cast beyond 75 ft would be advantageous for those few situations where it becomes necessary.

Learn the double haul, and practice it. But again, learn to be accurate with it, and understand that no extra distance will overcome a lack of line control.

By line control, I mean both while casting & while on the water. If you lose control of the line, you lose control of the fly, so a 75 ft cast that you have no control over the fly is nothing more than casting practice!

The line control point is a good one. I understand what you mean. Some places I intend to fish include... The Delaware River is someplace I plan to fish with a guide and from a boat. I'm told that this will take some good long distance casting with a dry fly. It's big water without some of the extreme current changes you would find in say tailwater below a dam. Another first time adventure for me will be a shad run on the Potomac with my new 8wt from the shore. Unless I decide to rent a boat, punching a shad dart out there a long way will be important.

I was expecting the answers to be (accurately) 65-75 feet for the 5wt and perhaps a good 80 ft for the 8wt. Since I can't "currently" do these these things and don't really know the answers, I thought I would put it out there to the group. I'm excited to read the balance of the answers. There are also a few specific folks I'm hoping will add their thoughts to the discussion.


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---------- Post added at 11:04 AM ---------- Previous post was at 11:02 AM ----------

Originally Posted by fredaevans View Post
Interesting answers above, with witch I agree (50' for a 1hander). Much beyond that point (moving water) you may have to do a lot of mending in the early part of the cast.

Actually accurate (distance casting) is fairly easy with a 2hander. Once you've got the line stripped off it becomes a question of aiming where you want the fly to land. A lot of that has to do with anchor placement .... practice, practice, practice!
Thanks Fred! I would like to keep it to a one hander for now. If I can get my casting skills better developed, I would consider a two hander. That would be down the road though.

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