No allowance for anything. If the leader fails to turn over completely,,,,T.S. It's where the fly lands that counts. And you must be standing within a prescribed box. That's ACA rules. International may be different.
At the Spey-O-Rama it's the distance from where you're standing to where the fly lands. The reason leader length is restricted is that you could have some extra long casts with a following wind if you had a super-long, light leader that the wind would blow far beyond where your line lands.
There is no minimum distance to participate in the Spey-O-Rama. The top 10 casters will move on to the finals, but all casters will be allowed to try to be one of those 10. The rules of the contest are printed elsewhere on this board, but a cast of 49 meters under those rules would put you at the top. Whether your 49-meter cast was made under comparable conditions, you will have to judge.
It would be worth noting that last year there was no qualifying round due to the low number of entrants and from what I hear there is only one or two boys (the carron pro staff) comming over from this side of the pond for the competition. Are there many boys from the US/Canada going?
p.s. A cast of 49metres would probably win the competition if last year is anything to go by, but it all depends on whether you can perform this of both shoulders spey and snake.
I think the spey-o-rama is in some ways a better test of real casting ability than the CLA format, in that you need to be able to do all four casts well. As Gordon says, if you can throw 49m with left and right hand up, single and double (or snake) you'll probably be well in.
49m wouldn't have got you into the finals of the CLA competition last year, but bear in mind that not only do competitors cast from a platform there, but also they are allowed rods of up to 18', whereas the s-o-r is limited to 15'1".
Safe to say if I could do 49 mtrs of both shoulders, single spey, with 15ftr in 3ft, I'd be very happy enough.
Sounds like a good competition. I've moved from Scotland to Aus this year, so looking for a chance to have a swing with some decent Spey casters and learn a bit without heading the whole way back home.
Maybe see some of you there if I can make it over.
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