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Ard 12-12-2008 12:08 AM

How far can you cast?
People seem to be obsessed with new and more powerful fly rods. Please answer honestly and remember that a seventy foot cast is nothing to be ashamed of.

This is only a polling of casters and I recognize that most fish are caught closer than 90', at least mine are.

Hopefully you are counting those casts where you don't drop the back cast into the water or on the lawn.

randyflycaster 12-12-2008 12:39 AM

Re: How far can you cast?
I think the ability to cast far is important. Even though most fish aren't caught that far out, if an angler is casting into the wind a seventy-foot cast becomes and fifty-foot cast. Also, an angler who uses good casting technique will not get as tired as fast as one who doesn't.

In the end, however, for me, long-distance casting is about overcoming obstacles and defects, and coming in-line with an ideal that can't be seen. For me that's the spiritual side of casting.

After four years of practicing and experimenting with long-distance fly casting techniques, I was able to cast over a hundred feet. (Even though I read everything I could about casting, in the end I had to find my own way.)

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jimw 12-12-2008 05:01 AM

Re: How far can you cast?
Most people say all fish are caught within 50 to 60 feet, that is because they can't cast any further. I have cast a full line before with ideal conditions but my average cast is around 85' or 75' into the wind. Saltwater flyfishing from the surf is a distance game. It is all technique, I am self taught with the help of books and dvd's. i have found the best dvd is saltwater flycasting 10 steps to distance and power by George Roberts, this dvd has given me the abilty to evaluate my cast, find my faults and correct them. Fishing big flies in the wind is a challenge, but is also very rewarding at times. My advice to anyone looking to increase thier casting distance would be to refine your technique and you will be able to make effortless cast of great distance.

shorthaul 12-12-2008 07:08 AM

Re: How far can you cast?
Everything said before me is true---I might add that trying to cast farther demands a better technique and common faults restrict distance and become evident at 50-75 feet. If you find a person that casts well at 75-100 ft, their short casting is very good also.

PotomacBassBug 12-12-2008 08:07 AM

Re: How far can you cast?
Is it me or did you leave out the 50-70 foot range where, in my opinion, most serious, but non-fanatical, fly casters would fall?

Rip Tide 12-12-2008 08:08 AM

Re: How far can you cast?
Some time back I attended a casting seminar with Bob Clouser
It was his opinion that it's important to be able to cast 80'
It was also his thought that anyone who said that they could cast further in a fishing situation was full of horse manure
(This guy's a gem)
He further stated that those who maintained that it wasn't important to be able to cast this distance only said so 'cuz they couldn't

Don't shoot me, I'm just telling you what he said :icon_redf

....There were only two of us out of about 20 in the seminar that could cast the 80' distance
No one cast further.

FlyGal 12-12-2008 08:29 AM

Re: How far can you cast?
Being able to cast long distance is handy when needed.....:icon_smil

Frank Whiton 12-12-2008 09:11 AM

Re: How far can you cast?
Hi to all,

I added in the 50' to 70' range but it is not in sequence. This is probably the range that most experience casters can reach.

I assume these are fishing distances and in that case these distances include a leader and rod. So if you have a 9' leader and a 9' fly rod a 90' cast is only 72' of fly line. A full line cast including the leader and rod is a 108' cast. A cast of the full line and some backing would be in the 119' range. There are just a few competition casters that can cast 120' with a 5wt rod and a WF fly line and leader.

So maybe we should know what equipment is being used. For instance, a Spey rod can make a 80' cast with ease.


jclampwork88 12-12-2008 09:32 AM

Re: How far can you cast?
I mostly fish smaller rivers so I don't have to send out alot of line. On the lakes, I can go a fair distance.


Guy 12-12-2008 10:09 AM

Re: How far can you cast?
Most guys overestimate their cast by 10 feet just like trout are always 2 inchers longer when we tell of them. To be honest I would be very surprised if more than 10% of fly anglers can reach out at will to an honest 80 feet plus with straightened leader at the end of the cast!!!

That said, learning to go the distance (80 feet plus) in ideal conditions is a good skill to have in that if you can cast that far, you shoudn't have problems with the shorter more typical fishing (30- 60 foot) casts in less than ideal conditions.

For a lot of flyfishing, accuracy is far more important than distance and accuracy suffers as distance increases. There may be anglers who can hit a 3foot ring at over 80 feet more often than not, but I would be skepitical of anyone making that kind of claim. However if the angler can reach out 80 plus feet consistently, he/ she should have the ability to nail a 3 foot ring at 40 - 60 feet fairly consistently.

Hitting 80 feet plus is a lot easier with the right tackle - a good stiff 9 and 10 wt rod is very capable of delivering that kind of distance in the hands of a good caster. It takes an exceptional caster to get this kind of distance with a 4 or 5 wt medium action trout rod. Tournament casters use specially designed 5 wt rods and lines,,, a 105 - 125 foot cast typically is the winning cast (indoors).

I believe FFF instructor certification requires a 70 foot cast.

Tight lines!

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