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streamwalker 07-02-2012 08:53 PM

why cant i cast far!!!!
 
it seems 2 months ago i could cast father than i can now.. i can only cast 20 feet max! and after that my line just dosnt shoot out.. i watch my forum closely and have watched many videos and i dont see a problem with it..i want to be able to cast 60 feet with only 2 back casts like i see a lot of people do..WHAT AM I DOING WRONG? or should i get new line? this line is a year old that i have on now and looks dirty and rough

silver creek 07-02-2012 09:08 PM

Re: why cant i cast far!!!!
 
Clean the line and put some line dressing on it.

raindogt 07-02-2012 09:15 PM

Re: why cant i cast far!!!!
 
It is a default response.. but It will be hard to diagnose on a forum.

The one thing I want to say is that (unless you have cash burning a hole) you don't need a new line. I'd try cleaning (and possibly coating) the one you have before laying down the cash for a new one after just a year.... All of this is presuming that you have a quality line to begin with. A dirty line will not shoot as nice as a clean line-- but I've never seen a dirty line not shoot at all....

Also-- about that 60 foot cast.... That's an awfully hard hook set with a fly rod and fly line. There are plenty of fish within the 30 foot cast that you can make.

streamwalker 07-02-2012 09:24 PM

Re: why cant i cast far!!!!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by raindogt (Post 468828)
It is a default response.. but It will be hard to diagnose on a forum.

The one thing I want to say is that (unless you have cash burning a hole) you don't need a new line. I'd try cleaning (and possibly coating) the one you have before laying down the cash for a new one after just a year.... All of this is presuming that you have a quality line to begin with. A dirty line will not shoot as nice as a clean line-- but I've never seen a dirty line not shoot at all....

Also-- about that 60 foot cast.... That's an awfully hard hook set with a fly rod and fly line. There are plenty of fish within the 30 foot cast that you can make.

i wil ltry cleaning the line.. but like i said it dosnt even wanna cast 30 feet.. idk maybe its jsut me.. but there are times on a river where i want to cast above a hole and let it carrie down into the hole but i cant cast far enough to get past it.. its just frustrating! i guess practice practice practice haha..

Poke 'Em 07-02-2012 09:40 PM

Re: why cant i cast far!!!!
 
It's impossible to say without seeing you, but I'd say there's about a 90% chance you need to slooooooooooow dowwwwwwwwwwwn your casting stroke.

---------- Post added at 08:40 PM ---------- Previous post was at 08:39 PM ----------

You should be able to aerialize far more than 20' of line, so your line not shooting well isn't the problem.

wabi 07-02-2012 09:42 PM

Re: why cant i cast far!!!!
 
When I need more distance I sometimes find myself trying to force the rod and I fail to come (speed up) to a positive stop on the forward cast and that takes away from the rod's energy being transferred to the line. The rod has stored energy, so let it do the work. ;)
Cleaning the line never hurts, but I doubt it's the line causing ALL your problem.

BTW - what length & weight is the rod, and what line are you using?

streamwalker 07-02-2012 10:00 PM

Re: why cant i cast far!!!!
 
yea i did find myself speeding up my cast today to try to work the line out farther. and im using a 8'6 rod 5wt with 5wt fw line idk what make of line it was given to me by my old principal/ fly fisher who helped me get started

mbphotos54 07-02-2012 10:01 PM

Re: why cant i cast far!!!!
 
clean and prep line and rod guides. I had similer thing happen after fishing a muck pond. what I first started ff last year, posting videos here for critique helped alot, once it clicks, it clicks and you dont even think about it thats when its great. Itll come back.

streamwalker 07-02-2012 10:13 PM

Re: why cant i cast far!!!!
 
yea i really cant wait till i can master this..because u bet i will be fly fishing every thing i have ever spinner fished haha..

silver creek 07-02-2012 10:14 PM

Re: why cant i cast far!!!!
 
Another thing to check for when you find your casts are not as crisp is to check for a loose ferrule. That can shorten your casts; but even worse, it can lead to a broken rod.


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