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Hi folks,

Sorry I've been underestimating my distances and the tape measure corrects this.

Starting with 2m flyline outside the tip using the slipped-Lift PUALD shot I can easily and consistently cast 22m. But this shot is too far to reach quickly enough for Snakehead fishing. The optimal PUALD shot is from 2m line to a 17m target.

For the casters here using a 8 wt line starting from the same short distance I'd be interested to know if this is an easy precision cast for you, if not how long do you think it would take to master?

For the instructors how long do you think it would take an intermediate caster to be consistent with this shot? The fly has to land in a 1ft radius of point X.

Will write more on the Monday page.

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The shot sounds like a standard bonefish shot.
Why only 2m of line outside the tip?
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For two reasons, Pete: 1) this is the quickest shot, lifting more line off the water slows the shot. 2) sometimes a fish will rise close to the boat. The main reason is 1.

Not a standard bonefish shot for me because with bones you have time normally to make a false cast. It's not possible to hit this distance with fly in hand and no false casts of course.

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I suppose that it must be different if you are trying to control the boat and fish as well.
When I stand on the bow of a skiff I have significantly more line out which, obviously, makes a shoot into the back cast easier.

When you are up high fishing for bones it is very easy to spook them with false casts. I always try to cast without false casting.
50-60 ft is not too difficult even for me.

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Hi Pete, how much line do you have out and where do you position it? Sounds like you should come Snakehead fishing!

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Hi Paul, Standing on the bow, fly in left hand line positioned to the left. Just enough line out so that it can easily be picked off the water on the LHS of the boat. I think it's about 4-5 metres.

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Fly in hand, flick back, deliver forwards to 17 metres?
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Hi Paul,Pete
I do not think I understand what both of you're talking about . :(
Fly in the hand, 2 m of line outside rod tip, flick back ,and then deliver the same fly to 17-22 m with one single forward cast ?
Is that the scenario?
How much of line do you add in a back flick ? In other words , with how much line on the back cast you start forward delivery casts ? Is there the trick ?

I am asking because in a few weeks time I will fish some really nice estuaries on the Indian Ocean East coast (wild Transkei) ,from the boat.
So I will need some really quick casts ,without to much false casting ...

(Is there any video of such a type of casting? )

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Hi Zoran,

no I can't do this. I can and do cast from 2m of flyline laying on the water, using the cast shown in the Snakehead video to place the fly accurately at 17m. I'm consistent at 22m but this takes too long to get there before the fish has turned down too far.

Fly in hand, which is how I mostly wade fish or fish from a Skiff requires for me an extra casting cycle. I can go from a D-loop hanging behind or with the line in front, but there is still another cast, either a forward cast or a back and forward cast for me to reach this distance.

This is the Snakehead shot;

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjlQEJ33cOE[/youtube]

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Hmmm that didn't embed :p Will have a look at the Board scripts later this week.
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