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    Default Easy distance?

    Simple question, I hope, Most of my fishing is rivers so casting not much over 25-30ft with good accuracy, occasional small water and 50oddft does fine. Going to need a bit more distance in a couple of weeks and not really done any distance casting (yes, cud get lesson, not gonna happen). I have a #6 rod that is reasonably fast, if I sling an outbound short head #6 line on it will it give me another 20ft without much change to my cast?
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    Yes. It does for me anyway with my Loop opti-stream with a 8.5 metre head.
    Tight Lines.
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    It depends a lot on what rod you're using, with some of the short headed lines on a fast action rod you can end up putting too much running line out of the tip ring on the first false cast. Because the running line can not then support the head of the line the cast just collapses. What rod are you going to be using?

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    Stand closer. Hooking a fish at 80 is going to be more miss than hit.

    But casting to 80 shouldnt take long to get right if you practise in the park every day on a standard line - no need for anything fancy. You can double haul, right?

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    Probably a 7 piece Shakey Exp #6. I don't usually fish much heavier than #5 in fresh water so tis the only #6 I have (except glass). Hmm, probably more of a single haul.. Was thinking just get about 25ft out, haul on forward cast, and let it go.. ?
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    Default Re: Easy distance?

    "Without much change to my cast?", no.
    Line mass and speed will determine the distance you achieve as much as anything considering you are not going up a size or two.
    Mass x velocity, longer stroke, longer pause. You will need to haul on the back cast to put the energy into the line, the forward haul is more to do with limiting any slack developing by maintaining tension and acceleration.
    A little time practicing the double haul will pay dividends, mostly because you need to become familiar with the feel of the rod when pushing beyond what you are used to.
    The left hands action is key to a good double haul.

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    Time in the field then.. The #6 outbound short head is about 230grains, lot heavier than a true #6..

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    Watch from 2 minutes and note the left hand action.


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    The first BFCC meeting of the year is in Devon in a couple of weeks time - I'm sure they'll be people there who could advise you how to get some extra yards.
    And the 2016 Nobel prize for physics goes to J.R. Hartley, who'd have thought a fly fisherman could re-write so many accepted laws Hidden Content

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    Quote Originally Posted by lepirate View Post
    Time in the field then.. The #6 outbound short head is about 230grains, lot heavier than a true #6..
    I think its safe to say you'll manage 70ft + with that weight of line on that rod, as already mentioned learn to double hual it makes a huge difference.
    I found a sink line was the best for learning the rhythm, it's like riding a bike once you find that rhythm it becomes easy.


    Al

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