We're here in San Francisco for the 2005 Spey-O-Rama. Will keep you updated on the events!
The competition was a very tough test. The shorter distances may be a little deceiving when compared to those achieved in more traditional speycasting events. Some of the reasons why excellent casters who have made much longer casts in other events did not cast as far at this one are:
•They had to cast with the line starting from “downstream” on their left as well as “downstream” on their right, and in both situations had to cast over their right shoulder and their left shoulder (simulating wind from both directions).
•They were standing in hip deep water, not on a platform.
•Rods were limited to 15’1” rather than the longer lengths allowed in other events.
Those rules were intended to simulate fishing conditions rather than to generate huge casts. Jim Green, was a great tournament caster, but also pushed successfully to introduce casting games that were more like real fishing into official casting tournaments. His aim was to create casting events that could be done with equipment that could be bought at the store by Joe Average rather than exotic gear that was available only to tackle industry and tournament casting insiders. He also favored contests that simulated fishing conditions. That’s what we tried to do too..