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    Default Acceptable Distance?

    Hopefully I will make my first outing to a local trout lake within the next few weeks. As explained in my introduction elsewhere, I have cast a fly before but that was around 40 years ago. Some very short experiments in the garden tell me I have not lost the feel for casting a line so I should at least get the fly in the water. I may need to work on my hauling technique though.

    What distance should I be looking to achieve? Bank fishing with a Shakespeare Sigma 10 foot #7 rod.

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    Hi Neil if you can manage 20m without hauling be happy ,I've been fishing for a good few years and still haven't learned to haul.

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    Grandad Noel

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    Don't try and cast long distances, it's tiring and just scares the trout further away. Try fishing the margins :-)
    https://sussex-trout-fishing.com/

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    Default Re: Acceptable Distance?

    Presentation counts more than distance in 90% of cases, distance will come with time.
    I've lost count of the number of times I've caught fish behind wading anglers.
    Even though I won a few distance casting competitions in my younger days, almost all of the fish I catch are caught within 15 yards of the bank and the majority of those within 10 yards.

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    Most fish really will be taken within 35 ft. Stand casting for very long and you will have a fish free zone in front of you unless the water is quite deep and the fish are near the bottom. If you can get the fly to land 45-50 ft away it should be fine, just start close before far. Also, a point, a fish 30ft away and 5ft deep can see your movement, so as unobtrusive as possible helps.

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    the fish are often closer than you think! Ive being going with a mate of mine last year who was new to fly fishing and very much learning to cast, his casts were often half the distance to mine yet our catch returns are very similar.

    There are times where some distance helps but as people have already said, presentation is more important.

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    Anglers starting fly fishing think the further you get out the better your chances of catching. For the beginner presentation and accuracy are more important not distance. Distance is important when fish are lying far out having been spooked by bank anglers. I was fishing a competition on a reservoir yesterday and it was a definite advantage to be able to cast at least 100feet plus. I use a Snowbee XS Plus Competition Long Cast line and a Scierra SRX v2 distance rod. At 75 I need all the help I can get.
    You must lose a fly to catch a trout. George Herbert

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    Default Re: Acceptable Distance?

    Thank you for your reassuring replies.

    As a coarse angler I am well known by my friends for not fishing out too far and yet being very successful. Although I own a pole capable of being fished at 16m I rarely get past 10 and certainly in Summer will fish within topkit distance or not much more. My best ever match weight from May last year, 217 lb was taken on topkit or topkit plus one section.

    It is helpful to know that a 10-15m cast, which I am confident I can achieve, will suffice.

    In reading the replies it would seem that being mobile is more important than being able to cast a huge distance.

    Thanks again.

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    I usually fish from the boat but on occasion from bank it's amazing how many fish you see right in at your feet. Fished a 3 man boat total beginner in the middle couldnt cast more than 2 rod lengths but had 8 fish to our 2 a piece!

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    Not disagreeing with the previous posts but the distance is determined by the fish, whether it be 20' or 70, if you fish to risers the skill is putting a fly on it accurately at both or all distances.

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