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    Quote Originally Posted by jspriddy View Post
    really not seen a lot of improvement as of late.

    John
    Can you shoot some video of you casting? If you can, upload it to vimeo or something and send me a link so I can see what you need help with. Without video we are just guessing and you may be making a bad habit really hard to break.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jspriddy View Post
    I improve a little each day.
    That's about all you can hope for. After a while it may seem like you hit a wall and aren't improving or seem stuck at a certain distance. Don't give up, just keep working at it. You'll eventually pass that hurdle. Enjoy it while you can though for there's sure to be another hurdle up ahead.
    It's a fun trip challenging yourself to cast better. Enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diver Dan View Post
    Can you shoot some video of you casting? If you can, upload it to vimeo or something and send me a link so I can see what you need help with. Without video we are just guessing and you may be making a bad habit really hard to break.
    When it warms up some, I'll do that. Since I started this thread, I've had some problems with a pinched nerve in my neck, and haven't been able to practice. I think by the time warm weather gets here, I'll be OK. It may take me a few days to get back to where I was.

    Thanks,

    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackster View Post
    That's about all you can hope for. After a while it may seem like you hit a wall and aren't improving or seem stuck at a certain distance. Don't give up, just keep working at it. You'll eventually pass that hurdle. Enjoy it while you can though for there's sure to be another hurdle up ahead.
    It's a fun trip challenging yourself to cast better. Enjoy.
    I'll stay after it. I appreciate you encouragement.

    John
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    I agree with the previous post. One of the biggest things I learned when trying to improve my cast was to SLOW DOWN (physically) I was trying to whip the line thinking it would cast farther, NOPE. When I slowed the cast down I could feel the line and rod get "loaded", then I would continue the cast. Ultimately this in itself improved my distance. After watching several videos on Spey and different type of casting, a big lesson I learned was to let the rod do the work, the physically harder you cast does not mean a farther cast
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    Practice is key. While I routinely fish a Sage XP with a Lamson Reel......I keep a Scientific Anglers 8 1/2 Foot 5/6 weight Fly Rod I bought on sale for $20...plus a $1 6WT flyline (unbelievable SA line also at walmart - a high quality line- no joke) plus a Pleugler Medalist reel in my garage all strung up.....I started on it in 1999. I lawn cast this almost every day for fun.....I double haul and can clear out more than 90 feet until I hit my backing in the guides. Do I ever use a 90 foot cast to dead drift a fly on the river ??? NO.....but this practice enables me to routinely and accurately make 50-70 feet casts when needed. In addition...I'm right handed...but I practice casting with my non dominant hand...I'm getting to the point where I can cast tight loops using my LEFT hand at the 30-40 foot range....however I just can't teach my right hand to strip line, double haul etc the way I can using my dominant hand.....so that is where I'm at an impasse.

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    Default Re: acceptable distance for 9' 5 wt.

    I'm sure that this has bedn said at least once, but here goes.

    If you can cast to your target, that's far enough.

    That said, you should be ablre to cast at least 50 ft. without couble hauling. The fact that that you don't often cast beyond 40 ft. is not relevent.
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    Thanks to all of you. I am getting some practice in now that the weather has improved, and will continue to do so. I actually have put some 6 wt. line on my 5 wt. rod and am trying that now. It does seem to cast somewhat better. I suppose a rod could actually be heavier or lighter than its designated weight?

    John
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    Default Re: acceptable distance for 9' 5 wt.

    Quote Originally Posted by jspriddy View Post
    I suppose a rod could actually be heavier or lighter than its designated weight?

    John
    Yes. Almost always.
    Yesterday I tried my Sage ONE 486 for the first time.
    The first thing I tried was a WF4F line. It was OK, but felt underlined.
    Then I tried a SA WF5F GPX line. Big difference. Without much effort, it cast 80 ft, about as far as I have room for on my lawn.
    This morning I measured the rod with the Common Cents system. The ERN as I measured it for this rod is 5.56. The GPX 5WT line is really a 5.5WT; it works very well with this rod.

    It's nice when theory and practice line up.

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    Default Re: acceptable distance for 9' 5 wt.

    Quote Originally Posted by jspriddy View Post
    I've had some problems with a pinched nerve in my neck, and haven't been able to practice.

    John
    That sucks. Hopefully you get feeling better before the fish start to bite.

    Quote Originally Posted by jspriddy View Post
    I suppose a rod could actually be heavier or lighter than its designated weight?
    Almost all of them. Mostly they are underrating them. In otherwords, if they are calling it a 5 wt., it's likely in the 6 or 7 wt. range. Some makers are pretty close but some are notoriously bad about it. plecain gave a link to the best way to figure out what the rod really is. There is a sticky at the top of the fly rods section of this forum that covers it pretty well also.

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    Default Re: acceptable distance for 9' 5 wt.

    John,

    Have you contacted the rod manufacturer to find out if they have any advice regarding line weight? Think I would do that before investing in multiple lines. Whatever they tell you, their answer shouldn't put you behind where you are now and might make an improvement in performance. Best of luck to you.

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