new to fly fishing questions about casting.
i have only really gone fly fising about 3 times and after the first i went out and bought my own rod, a orvis streamline 8.5 foot mid flex 5wt. i am useing a white river dc 2 reel. i have questions about casting. i pratice in my back yard everynight for about 20 min at casting and was wondering if about 40 feet is a good casting distance? i got this by throwing out a long cast dropping the rod and paceing off 41 steps and my shoe is about 12 inches long and i'd figre drop a foot for any long steps or anything like that. so what do you guys think am i doing good? i have a double taper line and no leader when i pratice.