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What limits your distance?

  • Desire -- I don't want to cast any further than I do now.

    Votes: 8 9.3%
  • Training

    Votes: 19 22.1%
  • Practice

    Votes: 53 61.6%
  • Rod

    Votes: 2 2.3%
  • Line

    Votes: 7 8.1%
  • Age/Injury/Infirmity

    Votes: 9 10.5%
  • Genetics

    Votes: 5 5.8%
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For good or ill, the question of distance is a perennial topic here on the speypages. What do you think is the biggest factor limiting how far you cast?
 

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Running line tangles, no question about it. I get to a certain point in terms of shooting line and then things just start to go to hell with the amount of running line. Especially when standing waist deep in fast water through the willows :mad:
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What limits my distance?

Me and my common sense.
 

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Most likely genetics and technique and practice time. I would guess that casting side by side with a great caster using the same equipment, he, or she would outdistance me, most likely because of timing and an astute understanding of the cast due to experience and training. Not to mention talent:hihi:
 

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All good answers ...... but you'll have a change of heart ..

When you get into your 70's. :chuckle: Kidding aside for me its age and physical condition.
 

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Backroom limits casting with 'heads'....anyone (with minimal practice & technique) can overhead cast a shooting head type line >50yds...

When backroom is an issue, the next limiting factor is the line type (& rod you cast it with); long-belly Spey lines can be cast a lot further than shooting heads when the caster has the same level of experience & skill in casting the full variety of heads & lines...

The most "limiting" factor is, probably, the distance you NEED to cast to get fish...if the waters you fish mean that you can consistently catch fish @ 20 yards...why would you need to cast further that often?


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On the Willamette I do not think my lack of casting a super long line hurts me. There are a few shelves on the North Umpqua, where a clean long cast could help me reach those sweet spots.
 

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Where's the category for intellect? That's my most limiting factor. Other than that I choose all of the above.
 

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I don't really desire for longer casts than I am able to make with whatever setup I may be using. I try to suit my rod/line to the water I'm fishing. For instance, I'm peferctly happy with my single handers and Ambush lines for small winter streams and maybe a switch for med sized waters and full two handers for bigger water. However there are times where I just use whatever setup I like just because I feel like it. I've gotten steelhead on big water with my single handers while working shorter casts in close which are often called for even in big runs. In fact I was fishing a large river in BC this fall and never felt compromised with my Cabela's TLR 11' 6wt switch since most cushions and seams that I fish are within reach of a "9-11 strip" cast anyway. Pushing beyond that is just too much work and stress for me anyway. I'm not a great caster, but just work within my means.

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hmmmm, this poll. I abstained.

Which is your favorite excuse?

Of course, every rod has physical limitations because why? They do, that's why. But it's a rare caster who can get every last bit of goodness out of a modern rod, so it comes back to whatever your favorite excuse is, eh? :smokin:
 

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Distance hungry

To me it is practicing. When ever I have had time to practice my casting for longer periods I gain more and more distance. I practice purely for casting, not to become better fisherman. Surprisingly I get advantages for fishing situations out of this too :)
Maybe as important thing as practicing is is a line. With good line you can fish and cast well, but with bad line it's no no.
 

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Hmmm…. the rivers I've fished to date, I can cast as far as I need to. I don't really have much more than a guesstimate idea of how far that is.

My current aim with my casting is to apply just enough power to get as close to perfect turnover as I can get at any given distance, rather than the banging/recoil of too much.
 
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