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    Rod 'load' (bend) and Distance Cast

    Sometimes at casting events someone will wheel out a 'broomstick' - this isn't made of an actual broom but an inflexible carbon 'rod'. Mark Surtees has one (I don't know if you know him) - it's the bottom 3 sections of a very stiff 12ft carp rod blank that's had a fly handle attached and some...
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    Rod 'load' (bend) and Distance Cast

    Nope, if it was a measurement there would be a clear instruction on how to do it. E.g. How to measure the AFFTA spec of a line - take the first 30ft, weigh it, compare to table, determine the AFFTA number. For rods it's a subjective opinion of an individual i.e. 'I think this line works best...
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    Rod 'load' (bend) and Distance Cast

    Any line momentum that isn't in the direction of the target is obviously wasted effort and adds to the overall inefficiency of the cast. Most mechanical systems are notorious poor when energy transformations are concerned - i.e. I can put a load of effort into a rod getting it to bend (kinetic...
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    Rod 'load' (bend) and Distance Cast

    You have to add 'in my opinion, based on my cast' in front of that statement. I totally disagree with you and (in my opinion based on my cast) agree with the guy (Jerry Siem?) who rated the rod range in the first place. My casting isn't based on trying to get the rod to bend deeply, it's based...
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    Rod 'load' (bend) and Distance Cast

    Ok, I've just measured the MED #5 at my 'normal' carry point (marked by a roughening up of the line caused by the tip ring) and it's 19g. Note, that's the line outside of the tip, not the carry as measured to the hauling hand. I can sort of see the way this is going, someone is going to...
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    Rod 'load' (bend) and Distance Cast

    Probably. But that's not really what the post is about. I used the same line and carry which each rod, therefore the weight (whatever it is) is the same. As such, (and because I didn't suddenly get stronger when using the #10) I have to assume that the #5 bent more than the #7 and the #10...
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    Rod 'load' (bend) and Distance Cast

    Hi Bob, I guess there's always a compromise to be made. I dare say you could have chosen a nice fishing rod for the competition day you mentioned but then perhaps you wouldn't have reached the fish at 45m and might not have won? I don't competition fish (only cast) so I'll always choose an...
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    Rod 'load' (bend) and Distance Cast

    Hi Pat, It's because this is the line that is specified must be used in the world championships in fly casting. I personally think this is a bit of a shame as it somewhat stifles possible innovation in terms of lines for distance. That said, it does level the playing field for that...
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    Rod 'load' (bend) and Distance Cast

    I thought I'd show the results from another casting test I conducted here, again this data has been posted elsewhere. In this test the same line, a SA MED #5, has been cast on 3 different rods - a Sage TCX#5, a TCX#7 and a TCX#10. With each rod 10 casts were made and the distance achieved...
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    How far does a good caster shoot

    :) Are you trying to imply that Tracy is a better caster than me? You won't be the first :ROFLMAO: To be fair to me, my results were impacted by the backwash from a building meaning the turn over of the leader was very hit and miss - this gave the inconsistency in my distances. Tracy cast on an...
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    How far does a good caster shoot

    Yes, very important but unfortunately I don't have actual numbers to quantify this. It's clear when practising the new, dressed (not to the point of being sticky) lines shoot better, so much so that I have casting competition lines and I have 'practice' lines. The comp lines are in as near to...
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    Is casting fishing?

    Judging by some of the comments I get when I'm practising, the general public can't differentiate between casting and fishing :):):):):sneaky:
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    How far does a good caster shoot

    The line she used was a Ballistic Pro Performance The total head-length of this line is 18m and the biggest % shoots (but not the longest casts) were achieved with the carry point closest to this i.e. 17.5m. I've heard it mentioned quite a lot that a caster can shoot 50% of what they carry, in...
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    How far does a good caster shoot

    We were trying to fill some time before the movement restrictions, which meant we couldn't go fishing, were lifted.
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    How far does a good caster shoot

    The actual shoot in the above casts can be estimated. These are estimations because to be absolute you have to guarantee that the leader is perfectly straight, so there will be an error, albeit a small one (I was measuring and did not notice a single 'piled' leader in all the casts she made)...
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