MORE INFORMATIONEmbarrassed that I got sucked off the subject. Sorry.
Some posts correctly indicate there are several variables to determining the answer to the question:
During a day of fishing does a series of long casts cover more water than a series of shorter casts?
Following are some assumptions that reduce ambiguity:
1. Fish are evenly distributed across the river, bank to bank.
2. Casts are made to any angle equal to or greater than 45º from the dangle.
3. Effective fishing begins when the fly, leader, line are at 45º to the dangle. This means sink tip anglers will cast to angles greater than 45º to allow the tip time to sink to presentation depth. Floating line anglers will cast to 45º.
4. A long cast is 80' to the fly. A shorter cast is 60' to the fly
5. Water velocity is equal from bank to bank.
Given these assumptions: During a day of fishing does a series of long casts cover more water than a series of shorter casts?
I appreciate the constructive answers most folks have provided and hope this triggers more such.
Thank you, Bob