Re: How far "should" I cast?
Me and a co worker started fly fishing around June of this year. We spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out how to cast. Even had another co worker that had been fly fishing most of his life try to show us how.
Me and the wife ended up getting lessons from an Orvis guide and it helped my cast tremendously . He had my wife casting in 30 min. Well worth the time and money in my opinion. It at least gives you a good starting point. He doubled my distance in no time at all.
Hope that might help.
"Endeavor to persevere."