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Alexander Grant's Tables Today

Hey Gentlemen-

I am the proud owner of a new 4" Hardy Bougle' MKIV, which I am dying to test on my local waters. Being as I use it on a 13' 6/7 with a Windcutter 5/6, I have over 300 yards of backing on the sucker and it still isn't full.

A conversation with Simon Gawesworth on another board led me to post this here. Alexander Grant posited a set of distances he expected to be able to cast given a length and weight of rod. Can this be done today?

Suppose I asked you to fill in the following table, which for the sake of convenience uses Rio's line terminology:



Can it be done? Would anyone be willing to hazard a guess? It will be interesting to see if there is any agreement on where the threshholds between categories lie.

Thanks a lot,

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-18-2005, 06:48 PM
 
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hehe.Given the proper tools, and tecnique i see no reason why mr Grants table should not work today. I have made a 21 and a 22 footer and its really interesting to play around with. However. I try to stick to mr grant/jock scotts description of the cast. Time will show...
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i am too lazy to try and cast past my fishable distances, and now that M Kinney has shown me the way of the skagit, i don't even have to stand to cast!! all i need now is a floating couch to get me through the rivers!! LOL

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thats a great idea man! I can just lay by the river listen to the grateful dead and make a 30-40metr cast once in awhile with my 22footer from a lying position. thanks!!
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Alexander Grant

Zach,
I think you are posting these things to keep me at this site,
I just wanted to say that the Grant Swich cast is so easy to learn and the most efficient cast of all , and requires very little force to lift and cast a long line, easier than any other speycast.
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Hey Gordon-

I aim to be interesting. Haven't gotten any distances out of anyone on two boards yet, hope some will help out.

What exactly is the Grant Switch? Was he the inventor of the normal switch cast, with an upside down backcast coming back forward as soon as the anchor touches, or is there a variation?

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You should read the chapter in "far and fine Off" by jock scott on castying,man. Its extremely interesting. The man was no idiot.. I has been told that he had a correspondence with A.Einstein actually. Anyway this stuff could have been written today. Great stuff. Good luck to Speygillie and Gordon if yopu are going to this tournament. hope you make it!
All the best SK
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Switch cast

Hi Zach,
Mr Grant invented, his own cast, not the normal switch cast, along with his own rod, and line.
there is a big difference in his style, i am able to cast around 45 yards at the moment, on a carbon rod, and plastic line, no stripping line in.
Just got to practice a bit more, then when Harry at Clan Rods is ready, get the silk line and Grant Vibration rod out.
Sven, i am not able to go to spey o rama, two of my buddies are going , so all the best to Scott Mackenzie and Gordon Armstrong, like Mr Grant from the river Ness, in the Scottish Highlands.
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Well well, next time In Scotland?mr speygillie. I really hope its going to be a victory for longlines.....Best wishes to your buddies.. is it true that 15 footers are the limit? strange...... Do you know when those greenharts will be around? in the mean time make yourself a 21, its awesome!!
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