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View Poll Results: How Far Can You Cast?

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  • A full fly line + some backing 100'

    45 16.48%
  • 70 or 80' you can see backing

    84 30.77%
  • 40 or 50' nice distance but cant see backing

    71 26.01%
  • Just started and are learning to cast

    16 5.86%
  • 50' to 70' far enough for most fish

    57 20.88%
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  1. #51

    Default Re: How far can you cast?

    Only been casting since January and a typical long cast is 45 feet, when everything clicks just right 55 feet. I have noticed when reaching past 50 I start hooking my fly line and I rarely ever do that at 40 feet or less.

    Dave
    I was going fly fishing until my wife suggested it, now I can't tell who is outsmarting who!

    Being "one with nature" requires a knowledge of what animals are living nearby and a weapon of sufficient magnitude to give you at minimum an equal chance of survival. No one has an invisible aura that animals can detect and sense your good intentions.

  2. #52

    Default Re: How far can you cast?

    I don't understand how you can stretch all of your fly line out and some backing! That's crazy to me, any videos of that, I would like to see. What if a fish takes your fly?

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    Scott
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  3. #53
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    Default Re: How far can you cast?

    Last year I spent a huge portion of the early season working on long distance casts. I felt that since I spent so much time in a tube I needed to be able to cast 80' consistently. Well, without hauling I could sometimes cast about 70' of flyline, a few times I did beter than that, but more often I could only throw about 50'. When I figured out how to single haul I got another 10 or 15 ft, but my ability to throw 70' became a lot more consistent.

    However, as the year went by, I found that I almost never had to throw 70 feet of flyline to catch fish. In fact, because I was tube fishing so much, about half the time the fish were practically within spitting distance, inside 30 ft. Accuracy and presentation were much more important factors to having a successful day fishing.

    However, I also was in some wading situations where my casting ability, particularly distance casting, was not up to reaching the fish. So this year I've been working on double hauling, so that next time I will reach those fish. Those kinds of situations in my case might make up less than 10% of my fishing. The rest of the time my average distance might be 30 feet. But I'll have to be accurate enough to drop the fly in sideways on a spot about the size of a softball while avoiding some low hanging branches in a twenty knot crosswind.

    I see it kind of like golf: Drive for show, putt for dough.
    "Three-fourths of the Earth's surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn." ~Chuck Clark

  4. #54
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    Default Re: How far can you cast?

    Being that I learned to cast for saltwater species first, with a properly matched line and rod I was pulling a bit of backing off the reel when I got it down. 90% of my trout fishing with a single handed rod is done on waters where 40' would be considered bombing it out there, now with the double handed rig I find myself over-casting. Roughly 14' tapered mono leader, 36' Scandi head,and about 80' of running line all sails when I get my timing right. The problem is the fish are lying only 40' out! Its almost too fun casting a two handed rod!
    Oh I live to be the ruler of life not a slave

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    Default Re: How far can you cast?

    Quote Originally Posted by wt bash View Post
    now with the double handed rig I find myself over-casting. Roughly 14' tapered mono leader, 36' Scandi head,and about 80' of running line all sails when I get my timing right. The problem is the fish are lying only 40' out! Its almost too fun casting a two handed rod!
    But it's so fun, how can you not? I could cast all day, catch nothing, and still be happy. 15' 8/9 Meiser and a 15' 10/11 Albright, and I'm considering a longer rod so I can toss long belly lines just to get distance for fun.

  6. #56
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    Default Re: How far can you cast?

    I'm pretty pretty happy with and 80' foot on a single hand rod. I only have two reasons for a cast that long though:
    1. Wading in the surf and needing to get past the wash
    2. To impressing myself.
    Most times I just move the boat, it's easier on my shoulder...
    The best way to a fisherman's heart is through his fly.

  7. #57

    Default Re: How far can you cast?

    I don't normally practice casting but this evening I wanted to rig up so I could be ready to fish at first light. After stringing the rod I thought why not cast a few for measurement. I was hitting 65 consistently and 70 was my longest. I measured from where I stood to where the end of the tippet lay. Using a 9' 5wt mid-flex.

    That's about 20 feet longer than my last measurement in the spring.

    Dave
    I was going fly fishing until my wife suggested it, now I can't tell who is outsmarting who!

    Being "one with nature" requires a knowledge of what animals are living nearby and a weapon of sufficient magnitude to give you at minimum an equal chance of survival. No one has an invisible aura that animals can detect and sense your good intentions.

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    Default Re: How far can you cast?

    This will stir up the distance pot!

    With my curiosity killing me, I rigged my 7' 9" Far & Fine 5 weight the other day and took the tape measure out in the lawn. I placed a white hand towel on the spot where I stood and a roll of paper towels standing on end at the point where my casts were landing. The distance between these 2 markers was 77 feet.

    Here's the thing to stir replies, these casts are 90% wrist with little to no arm extension. I would say that 10% of the energy in the cast motion is contributed by forearm movement and short hauls made by the left hand. All other energy and control are provided by the movement of my right wrist. The casts were accurate (within a couple feet right or left) with some laying in direct line to the roll of towels.

    With this said I have to believe that the Far & Fine is by far the best fly rod I ever bought and would recommend any pre 1985 models of this rod with no reservations whatever.

    Ard

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  9. #59
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    Default Re: How far can you cast?

    not far enough

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    Default Re: How far can you cast?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hardyreels View Post
    This will stir up the distance pot!

    With my curiosity killing me, I rigged my 7' 9" Far & Fine 5 weight the other day and took the tape measure out in the lawn. I placed a white hand towel on the spot where I stood and a roll of paper towels standing on end at the point where my casts were landing. The distance between these 2 markers was 77 feet.

    Here's the thing to stir replies, these casts are 90% wrist with little to no arm extension. I would say that 10% of the energy in the cast motion is contributed by forearm movement and short hauls made by the left hand. All other energy and control are provided by the movement of my right wrist. The casts were accurate (within a couple feet right or left) with some laying in direct line to the roll of towels.

    With this said I have to believe that the Far & Fine is by far the best fly rod I ever bought and would recommend any pre 1985 models of this rod with no reservations whatever.

    Ard

    nice work ard!
    i've never personally fished a far and fine but have certainly heard of there reputation
    i have never actually measured one of my casts, but i would say i would max out at 85 feet or so.
    that being said, i feel my casting is proficient at 35-45 feet and thats my absolute target distance.


    casey


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